Power Forward Prospect Has Big Summer Ahead

Reporter Mike Sullivan has an update on Derek Johnson, a power forward from the state of New Jersey who will compete for the 16 and under AAU Team NJABC ...

Derek Johnson has a big summer ahead. He knows this. He recently participated in the St. Joseph's division one college basketball camp. "He did well," said Team NJABC head coach Matt Pauls.

Coach Pauls told us that the 6-foot-5 power forward from BCIT (Burlington County Institute of Technology) in Westampton, New Jersey, will play for the Team NJABC 16 and under team. "He's a 2011 prospect," Pauls said.

The summer will provide Johnson a chance to improve his individual game and start igniting some division one interest in his skill level.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION OF DEREK JOHNSON'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

Derek has some perimeter range to 15 feet. Johnson, though, make no mistake about it, is more productive and effective close to the rim.

Derek can scoop up loose balls off the glass. He wisely utilizes his frame to shield his defenders to also make an impact on the offensive glass.

Built like a football tight end, the areas Derek is currently working on are his ballhandling and being more consistent with his outside shot.

WHAT TEAM NJABC'S MATT PAULS THINKS OF DEREK JOHNSON'S INDIVIDUAL GAME:

He has huge upside and works very hard. Most importantly, he is a great young man and teammate. He is new to the grassroots scene, but is on track to having many college options.

EARLY COLLEGE INTEREST:

Stony Brook, Monmouth, St. Peter's, St. Francis, Fordham, Fairfield, etc. are the level of programs that are likely to watch Derek play this July.


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