Washington Huskies Basketball Verbal Commit Darin Johnson


Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

A competitor. That is the foremost detail to mind when somebody watches Darin Johnson play. He is a spark-plug. Outstanding in transition — Johnson’s powerfulness and physicality permit him to bully to the rim. His size and power permit him to finish with authority.

A self-described shooter who “really loves to score and hustle,” he envisions a seamless transition to college basketball when he arrives in Montlake in 2013.

“I see myself fitting in very well there because the things they do I like to do,” Johnson said. “That was big for me. Finding a place where I can play my game. And finding a coach that I could relate to and get to know.”

Johnson went relatively un-noticed however he is rated as a four-star recruit by many sites, three-star by ESPN, never the less their scouting report was positive. Some of the small number of questions around him is his maximums as a player and his outside shot. He has a solid jumper, but then again it could stand to get a bit more dependable both in the mid-range pull-up game and from behind the arc. He is an incoming freshman, so his decision-making possibly will not be the best right away, but that is something that ought to get sorted out as he increases knowledge. His passing is still up to scratch, for a wing player.

One reason his maximum is called into interrogation is for the reason that it appears like he has filled out more than most players at his stage of development, so his bodily growth further than this point is a little indefinite.

Johnson was a beast in the Northwest Collegiate Summer League.  In a Monday night game on July 8 he scored a game-high 21 points. He stood out because of a varied offensive attack. He did a bit of everything. On three instances in the first half, he got to the rim with a gorgeous spin move in the lane and finished with his left hand. Twice in the second half, he used his dribble to separate from a defender and splashed long jumpers. He was also proficient using screens at the high post to create offense for himself.

Johnson is a fluid player who doesn’t look like he’s exhorting much energy. He tends to glide across the floor. But he’s also surprisingly athletic and grabbed a couple of rebounds in traffic.

What could be for the Huskies is promising. Surely a great reason for Dawgs fans to have something to talk about.

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