Jerome Johnson, a 6-foor-8, 215-pound power forward from Bullis H.S. in Potomac, Md., has had a solid spring so far. Johnson, who participated with Cecil Kirk last weekend at the Five Star-run event in Boston, previously had turned in some fine offensive performances at the Charlie Weber DC Capitol Invitational.
Johnson, who possesses long arms and an unusual style of play, can be effective with his back to the basket and on the offensive glass. He is a big man with a "big man's mentality." In other words, Johnson doesn't seem to mind to battle and scrap inside.
Richmond and Northeastern have already paid visits to Bullis this spring to take a look at him. UConn and Rutgers have also expressed some interest. "I am open," Johnson said. "Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John's, Connecticut, Penn State...there are others."
Johnson said he doesn't have a leader. "I do want to narrow my list down during the summer and make a decision," Johnson said. "Right now I am just focusing on my play here at the tournament."
Johnson is currently ranked No. 59 in the RivalsHoops.com's 2004 rankings. Our next list will come out the first week of June. Johnson has played well enough so far to maintain his ranking.