With a couple more seasons to suit up for the Boiling Springs Bulldogs on the hardwood rising junior combo guard Drew Johnson is a player that has emerged on the radar for a number of regional schools early on. The 6'1 175 pound prospect has a nice balance to his game and continues to make strides to be even better over the course of the next two seasons. We caught up with Johnson to talk about his sophomore season, AAU play, recruitment, and more.
The 2016 prospect got his feet wet last season for the Bulldogs and ended up averaging 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and 5 assists per game. Subsequently quite a few regional schools are taking an interest in the rising junior from Boiling Springs.
"I'm hearing from Appalachian State, Cornell, Furman, Mercer, UNC-Wilmington, Wake Forest, and Wofford. Out of those I'd say that Appalachian State and UNC-Wilmington are recruiting me the hardest so far."
This off season Johnson has been running the AAU circuit with the Upward Stars Upstate and the South Carolina Knights 16U teams. He talked about how things went this AAU season.
"It's been a really good experience. I have some really talented guys around me and we all seem to have fun out on the court. Also this AAU season has shown me what I need to improve on."
Johnson talked about what aspects of his game he's most wanting to improve on and what his strengths are currently.
"I'm trying to get my upper body stronger, improving my jumping, my ballhandling, and improving different varieties of moves around the rim."
"My strengths are my shooting, my basketball IQ on the court, and my ability to be an all-around player as well with my rebounding, passing, defense, dribbling, etc."
Looking back at his sophomore season we asked Johnson to talk about his best game of the year and he had this to say.
"Probably against Wade Hampton High School, it was my first game at home starting. I had 22 points and 8 rebounds. It was so memorable because I had the crowd into it and I know my grandpa was smiling and proud of me. He passed away during Christmas break."
Heading towards his junior season he told us what his goals are for his team and himself.
"To make myself and my teammates better and win the state championship!"
Last season playing in the AAAA ranks Johnson saw plenty of tough competition but one guy in particular stood out as the best he faced as a sophomore.
"L.J. Peak was the best player I faced last season."
The 2016 prospect says he tries to emulate a rookie that just joined the NBA ranks by watching film and studying his game.
With 2 more seasons to go Johnson already has a good idea as to what factors he'll take into consideration the most when deciding on a potential school. He shared those deciding factors with us.
"Academics first, coaching staff, playing environment, what my family thinks I should do, and the campus life."
One thing about me that most people would be surprised to know: "That I like to play tennis."
We'll have more updates with Drew Johnson as he forges ahead trying to draw more college interest and that elusive first scholarship offer so keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com.
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