Prospect Spotlight: Jaren Johnson (2020)

Southern California

Posted On: 12/15/17 1:00 PM

There are always a young SoCal prospects who turn in breakout performances early in the season and Gahr shooting guard Jaren Johnson is one of those players.

The 6-foot-2 sophomore strung together a number of strong offensive efforts last month at Pac Shores and continued to play well through the Cerritos/Gahr tournament last week.

Johnson is a soft-spoken kid who says he’s trying to play the game the right way.

“I just try and make all the right plays and do the little things to help my team as best I can,” he told Prep Hoops So-Cal.

Gahr shooting guard Jaren Johnson is an early breakout prospect in SoCal.

Johnson, who plays his club basketball for Pump-N-Run, is well aware of his strengths and the catch-and-shoot 3-pointer is one of them.

“I like my shot the most,” he said. “I try to be unselfish and look for my teammates and find the open man.”

Johnson has a long and rangy frame with smooth and fluid athleticism and plays the game with a high basketball IQ, but he’s still working on how to manage the intricacies of individual vs. team offense among other intangible assets.

“I need to work making the right choices on offense,” he said. “I need better selection on when to shoot and when to drive to the basket. I think I can work on boxing out more and getting more rebounds. I need to get stronger for the next level.”

As for where he projects at the next level, Johnson said his coach has mentioned some interest from small colleges during the early part of his recruitment, but that could change with the proper development.