Jalen Johnson

Updated on 4/6/21.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-8
Weight: 220
College: Duke
Classification: Freshman
Birthdate: 12/18/2001

2021 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 7
Projected Draft Range: Mid 1st Round

Pros:

Solid low post scorer
Decent scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Decent playmaker
Good rebounder
Decent defender
Solid shot blocker
Good athlete

Cons:

Needs to improve his shooting
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Can be reluctant to take jumpers
Can be careless on offense, which can lead to turnovers
Can be unfocused defensively
Can be too inconsistent in games

Summary:

Jalen Johnson is a very athletic, energetic forward whose versatility and solid set of all-around skills could enable him to be a lottery pick in the 2021 draft.  He is a rangy defender that can guard multiple positions, and he also thrives at scoring in transition as well as in the post on offense.  He will need to improve his jump shot and he also can tend to be turnover prone, but he has the skills to end up being a solid player in the NBA.

Links:
ESPN Draft Profile
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
MaxPreps’ Page

Games Scouted:
3/6/20 Nicolet vs. Beaver Dam
12/1/20 Duke vs. Michigan State
12/8/20 Duke vs. Illinois
1/23/21 Duke vs. Louisville
2/6/21 Duke vs. North Carolina

Another Article To Read:
The Complicated Case of the Jalen Johnson Saga, and the Aftermath of Him Leaving Duke

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