Posted On: 08/21/18 2:05 PM
A dynamic athlete who had a big-time sophomore season at Waterloo West, Isaiah Johnson is ready to have his true breakout season this winter with the Wahawks.
The 6-foot-2 guard has been known to throw down some nasty jams, we’ve seen it first-hand, and now he’s working to become more of a polished skill-player.
“Since last fall, I’ve been working on shooting and being a leader. And the main thing I’ve been working on is my ball-handling, because I really need to get better at that,” said Johnson.
Recently, he wrapped up his 16U season with Martin Bros., one of the state’s best grassroots teams.
“I was happy with how I played, but at the same time, I wasn’t necessarily satisfied, because I thought I could have played a lot better than I did,” said Johnson.
Now, with his junior season on the horizon, Johnson is in line to have a monster year. Last year’s leading scorer graduated, Carondis Harris-Anderson, and Johnson will step in and fill that void.
“Sophomore year was not necessarily a breakout year, but it was a lot better than my freshman year, I was just a lot more knowledgeable about the game, and I learned to be more physical,” said Johnson.
“This year, I’ll be more of a leader, and I was the second-leading scorer last year, and I’ll have to step up and score a lot more this season.”
As for his recruitment, the dynamic guard mentioned Minnesota D2 Bemidji State as a school that has been in frequent contact with him.
“They’ve been calling me and trying to get to know more about me, and I think they came and watched a bunch of our Martin Bros games,” said Johnson.
“I’ve also had invites to camps, but that’s about it.”
His ultimate recruitment goal? To more get D1 and D2 attention.
“Over the next 12 months I hope that more schools contact me from Division I and Division II schools,” said Johnson. “It’s been my dream to play college basketball my whole life because it pays for my college and it’s just more basketball for me.”
Isaiah Johnson is ranked by Prep Hoops as a top 25 prospect in his class. To see the full ranking of Iowa’s 2020 class, click here.