New Jersey Prospect Has Some D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan takes a look at the individual game of Derek Johnson, a basketball prospect from the state of New Jersey ...

Derek Johnson, a 6-foot-5 forward prospect from Burlington County Institute of Technology in Westhampton, New Jersey, is a player worth watching over the next couple of years. The 2011 prospect continues to grow and gain strength, making him an interesting recruit.

PREVIOUS EVALUATION REPORT: Derek is now tougher to handle near the rim. One of the better coaches that has a good feel on player development, Matt Pauls of Team NJABC, believes he'll be a division one player down the road.

"He's made a lot of progress," said Pauls. "I expect to see many colleges taking a look at him this season."

Derek first caught the eye of many when he had an impressive college camp held at St. Joe's in Philadelphia, Penn. during the summer. He competed for NJABC for the 16 and under program at some summer events.

Derek has some perimeter range to 15 feet but is currently a more productive and effective in the paint and near the basket.

Derek can rebound and works hard close to the rim. He has a nice frame and uses it to grab loose rebounds.

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:

MAAC and NEC schools. If he has a big summer, it's likely the list will grow.


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