HAMPTON, Va. – The second leg of the Nike-EYBL kicked off Friday night in Hampton, Va. where a Memphis guard had everyone buzzing plus a pair of west coast recruits have seen their respective recruitments, and phones, blow up over the past week.
Johnson had everyone buzzing Friday night with 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc in a win over Boo Williams.
Memphis guard makes his name
Bluff City Legends guard Jajuan Johnson did his best Rodney Dangerfield Friday night. He gets no respect.
In a game that drew the biggest crowd of the night, Johnson exploded for 26 points on 10 of 14 shooting, including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc in an 84-77 win over Boo Williams.
Using his length and athleticism, Johnson also helped harass Williams and Freeman into a combined 2 of 15 shooting from three-point range.
At 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, Johnson is a pure scorer who has drawn comparisons to Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry and already holds scholarship offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Memphis, Ole Miss, Marquette, Georgetown and Oregon among others.
A pair of California Supreme players have seen their recruitments blow up over the last week: Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley power forward Marcus Lee and Santa Monica (Calif.) scoring guard Jordan Mathews.
Lee is a shot-blocking dynamo who has scooped up offers from Duke, Florida and Indiana among others over the last week.
Since his play last weekend, where he averaged 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks through four games, Lee has scored scholarship offers from the likes of Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, Florida and most recently, Duke.
"It's extremely overwhelming," Lee said. "It's crazy but it's fun."
At 6-foot-9, 215 pounds, Lee is long, athletic, defensive-minded and can run the floor and had Kentucky coach John Calipari spying his game Friday night.
The same goes for Mathews, who has also drawn a lot of attention since averaging 20.0 points per game in Minneapolis.
"Things have picked up a little bit," Mathews said. "Kansas has called me, Indiana is about to offer me, Wyoming offered, Gonzaga, Oregon, Washington. It's picked up a lot in the last week."
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard sliced and slashed his way to the rim for 12 points and four rebounds in an 80-56 win over the Metro Hawks Friday night.
"I'm a scorer," Mathews said. "I can rebound pretty well if guys don't box me out. And I'm a good defender."
Mathews has already developed a couple of early favorites.
"I'm just taking everything in," Mathews said. "But I really like Kansas, Indiana, Butler, I like Gonzaga and San Diego State, too."