July 12, 2013
Recruiting: 2015 PG Jarvis Johnson
Marquette University’s Buzz Williams was one of many coaches watching Howard Pulley beat the Travelers 90-78 in Peach Jam play this morning.
Playing alongside 2014 phenom Tyus Jones, rising junior guard Jarvis Johnson (DeLaSalle HS, Minneapolis, Minn.) took on a scoring role with 22 points on 7/11 shooting and didn’t turn the ball over in 28 minutes played. Johnson knocked down 4 of his 5 3-point attempts, bringing his effective field goal percent for the game to 81.8%.
Marquette has made visits to DeLaSalle where they have gotten to see both Jarvis and his high school & Pulley teammate 2014 F Reid Travis. Other schools involved include hometown Minnesota, Iowa State (where his sister will play basketball as a freshman this fall) and new Big East member Creighton. There are several others involved and we’d expect more to join the conversation over the next year.
Johnson (and Travis) played with Minnesota Pump N Run (now known as D1 Minnesota) until this year when they moved over to Howard Pulley and the EYBL. Although Pulley has Tyus Jones as its premier guard, Johnson has gotten a lot of playing time starting with Jones in the backcourt. (EYBL regular season stats: 23.1 mpg, 7.6 ppg, 2.3 apg, 51.6% eFG)
Jarvis is lead guard who can also play off the ball. He’s a very good passer and capable scorer, but his athleticism is what sets him apart from others. He can put on the after-burners and changes gears very well. About 6’1″ in height, but his leaping ability is astonishing.
In college we see him as a point guard with the best fit being a hardworking, high-IQ program that will run and take advantage of transition opportunities.
This past high school season Jarvis ran the point for repeat-champion DeLaSalle, a Catholic school with strong academic and basketball traditions. Over the next year and especially next spring/summer, we’ll be interested in seeing how well Johnson is able to take on bigger scoring and leadership roles for his teams.
A quick look at some current 2015 recruiting rankings shows Johnson at #55, #64 and #75 at ESPN, Scouts and Rivals, respectively. We believe he’s capable of a nice climb over the next year.
The video below was put together by iaelites.com and is footage from recent Pro Am action in Minnesota.
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