Duke reeled in a major commitment during America’s birthday on Thursday afternoon as five-star Class of 2020 prospect Jalen Johnson pledged to the Blue Devils with an announcement on Twitter.
The top prospect in the 2020 class to verbally commit to this point, the 6-foot-8 Johnson is currently regarded as the No. 4 overall prospect in the Rivals Class of 2020 national rankings. A native of Glendale, Wisconsin, Johnson has been one of the top players in the country this spring playing in the Nike EYBL. Through 12 games, Johnson is putting up 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Showcasing elite vision on the wing, Johnson should be able to grab rebounds and push the ball up the floor as he’s able to initiate offense and make plays for himself or others. Johnson will have to improve his 18 percent three-point shooting, but everything else in place for him to be an elite college player from the moment he steps foot on campus.
Johnson is Duke’s second Class of 2020 commitment as he joins five-star point guard Jeremy Roach. Between Roach and Johnson, Duke has plenty of ball handlers and two very good passers already in the class as Coach K and his staff once again begin to piece together an elite group of prospects.
Now that Duke has two commitments in the class, it’ll be interesting to see where they set their sights next as they’ll continue to try to bring talented pieces together. Already with the No. 1 class in 2020, Duke continues to recruit at a higher level than any other program in college hoops.
Sunday evening Tennessee landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2016, as 6-foot-6 shooting guard/small forward Jalen Johnson announced that he’ll play his college basketball for Rick Barnes. Johnson, who also was considering Providence, joins guard Jordan Bone in Tennessee’s 2016 recruiting class to date.
“I am excited to announce that I have committed to play basketball at the University of Tennessee,” Johnson said via Twitter.
Johnson attends Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina, and he played for the Team Wall grassroots program on the adidas Gauntlet circuit this summer. Among his teammates at Wesleyan Christian last season were five-star big man Harry Giles (who’s now at Oak Hill Academy) and four-star shooting guard (and Rutgers commit) Kwe Parker.
Johnson played well during the adidas Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta in mid-July, averaging 14.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Johnson plays a position where Tennessee needs bodies for the future. All four of Tennessee’s scholarship seniors play either the shooting guard or small forward position, which opens up the competition for minutes in 2016-17. Along with current freshman Jabari McGhee (redshirt freshman) and Admiral Schofield, Johnson will look to earn playing time as a freshman.
Mixtape of Rivals150 Class of 2016 guard Jalen Johnson (VIDEO)
Jalen Johnson emerged this summer as one of the most explosive players in the Class of 2016 and now the North Carolina native is starting to see some attention. The 6-foot-6 wing who played with Team Wall this summer is no regarded as the No. 141 overall prospect in the 2016 class, according to Rivals.
This new mixtape from Ball is Life for Johnson is really good. Johnson is a talented dunker and he can also hit some shots from the perimeter.