Nathan Johnson (2021 / 6’3) is going to be a name for college coaches to put on their radar. Johnson, the Shooting Guard from Washington HS, just recently picked up his first offer from hometown UMKC. He’s been hearing from a number of division one programs… South Dakota State, VMI, UMASS-Lowell, and Nebraska-Omaha.
Johnson had a solid junior season at Washington High School playing in the tough Kansas City Atchison League. He averaged: 17ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.3apg, 2spg, 53% FG, and 42% 3-FG. Johnson also boasts a 3.4 GPA.
Johnson is labeled a shooting guard but has plenty of attributes to also play the point spot. When you watch him play, it is his above the rim and stylish dunks that get you excited. But we think his ability to break a defender down off the bounce is what is electrifying about him. He has combination moves that aren’t just for show…they are flashy but they get him to where he needs to get on the court…whether that is separation for the jumper or enough space for the angle to attack the rim… he doesn’t waste dribbles.
Johnson is steady in the mid-range and beyond the three-point line. He is best in the catch in shoot from three and quite effective in the mid-range off the dribble. He’s got terrific footwork to create space in the mid-range and a high IQ scorer to know whether to attack, pull-up or dish-it.
His length, speed and instincts make him a big asset on the defensive end too. He excels at anticipating passing lanes and is a player that can be disruptive at the top of a zone or press.
We like Johnson’s game and think UMKC offer is the first domino to fall that will open up his college recruitment.