Although playing out of position and getting limited touches last summer with the Arizona Magic, Zane Johnson displayed enough ability to land a No. 80 ranking in the class of 2007. This AAU season, Johnson, 6-foot-7, 195-pounds out of Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Ariz., will move to his natural shooting guard position and even share some time at point guard with Jerryd Bayless.
"For my high school team I play shooting guard and a good bit of point guard, too," said Johnson. "I'm looking forward to playing those positions for the Magic instead of playing forward. I'll mainly play shooting guard with Jerryd at point, but I'll play some point to so Jerryd can move to the shooting guard. I think the best thing that Jerryd does is score the ball."
There are plenty of colleges that would love to have Johnson playing in there backcourt. Johnson noted that Arizona State, UCLA, Indiana and Vanderbilt are presently recruiting him the hardest with offers extended by Arizona State and Indiana. Arizona, Gonzaga, Oregon, Oregon State, Kentucky, Washington State and Illinois are also recruiting Johnson.
"My favorite schools right now are Arizona, UCLA, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Oregon and Arizona State," said Johnson. "The most important thing to me is the style of play wherever I go. I want to play in an offense where I can score. I love to come off screens looking to score."
Score is exactly what Johnson has been doing this year. He is averaging 27 points and grabbing 7 rebounds per game as well.
Zane Johnson scouting report:
Long and lanky, Johnson is a very good shooter with strong overall skills with the ball. His shooting prowess opens up the rest of his game. He also uses his athleticism and length on the defensive end where he is both a solid on the ball and off the ball defender. Improving his strength is important to ensure his success on the next level.