Elsinore (Wildomar, CA) senior forward James Johnson estimates that he averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds this past season, helping the Tigers to a 25-5 overall record including an appearance in the state playoff semifinals . The 6-9, 230-pound Virginia recruit was named Valley Player of the Year by The Californian for his performance. Despite a productive senior season, Johnson is hungry for more.
“I’m not really too proud of the way I played this year,” said Johnson, who sat out his junior year due to transfer eligibility rules. “There were a few big games in there, one where I had thirty points and another where I had twenty rebounds, but there was so much I didn’t do right. In high school, it’s not that hard to put up a lot of points.”
Johnson is obviously anxious to prove himself. He believes this past season will help him as he continues to develop on the hard court.
“I know it was only my second year playing high school ball, so it really helped me see where I was,” said Johnson, who’ll have one more opportunity to play on the high school level, as he has been selected to play in the Jack Jones Shootout in Memphis on April 10. “As a senior, I could see the little stuff and know what to focus on. This season did give me confidence, too, because I know I can perform in crunch time. I know I can step up and play when the pressure’s on.”
Johnson saw Virginia in action last week against Boston College and Duke and came away impressed with the team’s performance.
“I like the team, watching them play,” he said. “I can’t wait to be apart of it. At the same time, it was hard watching because I want to be there so bad. It is my dream to play college basketball and it’s so close. I’ve watched it for so long, but now it’ll finally be my
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