A new school from the Pac 10 made the trip to Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas to watch rising 2005 prospect Austin Johnson. Not only did they come away impressed with the 6-foot-3, 170-pound shooting guard, but they were also impressed with one of his sophomore teammates.
“Arizona State just watched Austin the other night,” said Palo Duro head coach Jeff Evans. “The impression is that they will definitely recruit him. They also liked Mason.”
2006 shooting guard prospect Justin Mason is who Coach Evans is referring to. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Mason is averaging 16 points, 4.5 steals, and 5.5 rebounds per game for the 31-1 Palo Duro team.
“Justin can knock down the three and attach off the dribble,” said Coach Evans. “He has an extremely quick first step, and he is a good finisher in traffic. He also is cat quick on defense and a good athlete. He is still growing. He went from 5'10 to 6'2 in the past year.”
Johnson, the leader of the No. 2 team in Texas AAAA, is averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. He will now have to take over the point guard position for Palo Duro, since senior point guard Kyle Shields went down with a season ending knee injury.