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Posted On: 06/11/18 3:43 PM
Last summer, we saw 6-foot-3 Norwalk wing Tyler Johnson pour in 30 points during a 15U AAU game. That was eye-opening.
He’s Improved greatly over the past year, and with good size, length and an improving skill-set, Johnson’s due for a breakout junior season with Norwalk.
A guy who can get it done on both ends of the floor, Johnson mentioned to PHIA what he’s been working to improve of late, and how he likes to make an impact when he’s on the floor.
“I have very good ball handling for my size, and use that to play both shooting guard, off the ball, but can also dribble the ball up the floor, especially out in transition,” said Johnson. “I also use my length well on the defensive end by blocking shots and keeping my man in front of me with my size.”
As a sophomore, with one of the state’s best teams, Johnson played sparingly off the bench, and averaged six points per game while shooting 42 percent from deep.
Next season, the rising junior’s role will increase dramatically as he tried and help the Warriors get back to the state tourney for the second straight season.
“We had a ton of talent (last season), and it was fun playing in the state tournament. My role on defense increased because of the scoring we already had on our team. Next year, my role on offense increases because of the talent we lost,” said Johnson.
Ahead of his junior season with the Warriors, Johnson will spend his summer with All Iowa Attack Black 16U. On that team, he’s one of the tallest guys, so he gets an opportunity to work on skills he otherwise wouldn’t.
“We have a lot of talent, but we are undersized which helps me work on playing more in the paint and guarding bigs on the other team,” said Johnson. “We’ve played in a lot of tournaments and spread the floor well and share the ball well.”
His goals for the summer are to continue and improve, and he’d like to see some recruitment start to come his way.
“My goals are to improve my strength, and become an improved shooter off the dribble, and finishing,” said Johnson, who’s heard a little bit from UNI so far recruitment-wise.
“My recruitment goals are to continue to get more interest by playing hard in AAU tournaments, and hopefully get recruited by some more D1 or D2 colleges.”
Tyler Johnson is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 50 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2020 class, click here.