Jordan Johnson Holds UT Martin Offer

Last June UT Martin offered 2018 guard Jordan Johnson (Memphis Central).

“He has a couple of official offers,” said Jordan’s mother Paula Jordan-Johnson.   “UT Martin and ETSU have offered.  A couple more are still interested.”

In fact, the Skyhawks were the first to offer Johnson.

Jordan-Johnson acknowledges it is quite early in the recruiting process for her son Jordan.  The inquisitive teams are still evaluating him and getting a good gauge of his development curve.

“About four teams said they are going to watch him at Peach Jam,” said Jordan-Johnson.

The 6-foot-1 Jordan Johnson runs with the Peach Jam-qualifying Team Penny 17u.

“He is probably the best shooter in the class,” said Team Penny AAU Coach Lamarcus Golden.  “He can do more than that.  This summer we have him working on weights.  We think that will help him out.  He has a great feel for the game.  Great IQ.  He hasn’t had a growth spurt yet.  A little fragile.”

In Team Penny’s nine EYBL wins Johnson averaged 15.2 mpg, while in losses he only saw the floor 5.0 mpg.  It is the old chicken or egg argument.  Do they lose more often when Jordan isn’t playing or do the Team Penny coaches shrink the rotation in effort to overcome?    Either way the team succeeds more when sharpshooter Jordan plays a big portion of the basketball game.

Recruitment

The point person for Jordan’s recruitment appears to be his father, Mingo Johnson.  The former Overton High star played 1994-1996 for the Memphis Tigers.  Here are some NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 highlights of Mingo and the Tigers versus the mighty 1994-1995 Arkansas Razorbacks (National runner-up).  PbP Announcer Jim Nantz even referred to him as “The Amazing Mingo” after another monster second-half bucket.

The teams that Jordan ultimately decide between will all be fighting with UT Martin for his signature because the Skyhawks got in early.

“I like how they personally talk to you when they can and I like the style of play they run,” said Johnson Monday afternoon.

The best advice Johnson got regarding college recruiting is ‘that it’s a process and you want to make sure you pick the school that best fits you.’

Dream schools include: Memphis, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama.

Jordan credits his shooting touch as one skill that attracted the college coaches in the first place.

“I think my shooting ability and the way I can run a team (lured the recruiters),” offered Johnson.

Jordan Johnson hit 47.9% from deep with Team Penny this spring.  Outside shooting has never been more popular in basketball, from high school up to the NBA.  Teams can always find a place for a shooter and Johnson’s two offers are likely to have company in less than 50 days.

 

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