Johnson continues to improve

Kevin Johnson continues to improve and now more college coaches are taking notice of the 6-foot-8, 235-pound center from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft. This summer could be an even bigger and more important time for him.
"Kevin has been doing really well," California Supreme coach Gary Franklin said. "I thought he had a pretty good spring.
"In Los Angeles here, I don't think we've played great as a team. He's had a good spring and he's played against Team Final and Rakeem Christmas and he had about 25 (points) and 18 (rebounds) against them. He's been playing really well.
"By mid-summer we should be back looking good as a team and ultimately that will allow Kevin to play really well. He's improved a lot."
Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Colorado and Baylor are just a few of the schools now pursuing Johnson, a three-star recruit rated as the No. 16 center and No. 143 prospect in the 2011 class by
"It's picked up a lot," Franklin said of Johnson's recruitment. "He's hearing from just about every program that's looking to get involved with him."
Johnson's overall game continues to get better and that has helped him garner more attention.
He's not just being more physical than his competition down low and getting to the basket but now Johnson is developing a face-up game and hitting short jumpers. The big man is more consistent from the free throw line.
Franklin said this summer could be a big development phase for Johnson, who can only help his recruitment by continuing to show more diverse skills.
"People that haven't seen him, he's not really big and long but he's really good around the basket and he's starting to face up a little better and is knocking down free throws," Franklin said. "That's always a plus for someone his size who's going to get fouled a lot.
"For the most part, I don't think Kevin is one of those overt athletes but he's getting better. He's worked on facing the basket rather than just getting the ball and bullying people to the basket. He's shooting some nice seven to 10-foot shots."