Area Inside Forward Has Some D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a look at the individual game of a player from New Jersey who has some division one interest in his skill level ...

Derek Johnson, a 6-foot-5 inside forward from Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westampton, New Jersey, is an underclassman who is worth monitoring over the next year.

Derek caught the eye of many when he had an impressive college camp held at St. Joe's in Philadelphia, Penn.

Derek was a player who competed for the 16 and under Team NJABC AAU program at some summer events.

A junior and 2011 prospect, the next 12 months will likely decide what level he'll be recruited at by division one basketball programs. We'll keep you updated on his individual progress.

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:

Fairfield, Monmouth, St. Peter's, St. Francis of New York.


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