Derek is a member of the 2011 class, a current junior, who has been improving his game over the past year.
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 now a legit 6-foot-5," said Pauls. "He's attacking the rim more effectively, burying jumpers, attracting major division one programs.
"He's made so much progress in his individual game so it's not surprising more schools are getting interested in him."
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, Atlantic Ten, and NEC schools.