Jerome "Stretch" Johnson, a developing 6-8, 215 pound junior power forward from Bullis H.S. in Potomac, Md., will be a player to keep an eye on in the Class of 2004.
Even though he's not an explosive athlete and lacks fluidity, Johnson can be an effective power forward at the Division I level. Just how high he will get recruited remains to be seen.
Bullis Head Coach Mike Hibbs told Rivalshoops.com that Wake Forest, Penn State, Maryland, Georgetown, George Mason, Virginia and Utah have inquired about Johnson.
Hibbs said that Johnson doesn't currently have any offers on the table from those programs, but Wake Forest watched him in an open gym this fall and Utah really liked "Stretch" after seeing him play at a tournament in December.
Johnson is a true power forward who has some low post scoring skills. He reacts pretty well to grab rebounds and block shots, even though he's not blessed with great hops. At the Slam Dunk, he also brandished a baby hook that he utilized to score in the paint.
As a sophomore last year, Johnson averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks per contest at Bullis. He said he carries a 2.7 GPA but has yet to take the SAT or ACT.
During the past two summers, Johnson has suited up for Joe Connelly's Baltimore Blue program. He expects to play for that squad again this spring and summer.
Rivalshoops.com will keep you posted on Johnson's recruitment and play this season, so keep it here for the top coverage of the Class of 2004 on the internet.