Kansas Product Rapidly Raising His Stock
March 2 2018
Photo Credit: Ty Freeman (http://tyfreeman.com/)
WICHITA, KS — One of the beautiful parts of basketball is that you never know when an opportunity will present itself, but you have to be ready to capitalize when it comes. For freshman point guard Jackie Johnson, that opportunity came at the CP3 Rising Stars Camp, when he went from a relative unknown to major prospect.
ThePrepInsiders.com recently caught up with Johnson and his coach with Team Griffin, John Roby, to get an update on his development, plans for the next travel season, and what events he’s enjoyed playing in.
- Class of 2021
- Wichita, KS
While the fans and other players in attendance may have been surprised at how well the 5-foot-11 point guard from Wichita played, there was at least one person who wasn’t shocked at all. Roby said Johnson’s performance was not unusual to him because those type of performances are what he’s come to expect.
“I think a lot of people didn’t know much about him because he wasn’t from a huge sponsored travel team. However, I coached against him before I ever coached him, and he dropped about 38 on us. He is able to do whatever you could want from a point guard, and I think he was able to show it there.” -John Roby, Coach of Team Griffin
Playing in national showcases is the perfect opportunity for any player to really show what they are capable of. He’s going against some of the most elite guards in the country. These are all guys who have been getting recognition for the past couple seasons as the potential stars of the future, and Johnson showed that his name deserves to be on that list. Johnson has known all along he could compete with these players, but being able to show the rest of the country what he can do is something he is excited about.
“There are definitely a lot of players in Kansas who can play, but we don’t get as much hype as other states. It was fun to go play against some of the best players from across the country, and show them what I can do.” -Jackie Johnson
The role of a floor general has changed a lot in years past, as now they are being asked to score a lot more. What makes a point guard great is possessing the ability to pick their spots while also keeping their teammates in the game. This ability is usually in point guards with more experience, but Johnson has shown a high-level basketball IQ, which is rare for player his age. In the game against coach Roby’s Team Griffin squad (prior to joining the team), Roby said it was clear early this was going to be a game where Johnson needed to attack the lane, and he did just that.
Now that Johnson is playing with Team Griffin, he is going to be in some of the biggest tournaments in the country, where he is going to be competing against high-level talent on a consistent basis. Heading to elite camps as a relative unknown allowed him to go under the radar. However, that will not be the case moving forward, as people and fellow opponents are going to be ready to compete against him.