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Posted on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 5:30 a.m.

Reports: Ypsilanti's Jaylen Johnson earns notice at LeBron James Skills Academy

By Kyle Austin


Ypsilanti's Jaylen Johnson spent the weekend in Las Vegas for the LeBron James Skills Academy.

Courtney Sacco | file

Two weeks after earning his first Big Ten scholarship offer, from Michigan State, Ypsilanti’s Jaylen Johnson continues to shine on the summer basketball recruiting circuit.

Johnson competed this weekend at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas, one of the nation’s top individual camps, and earned strong reviews from camp observers.

ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep noted how Johnson stood out during a post-up drill, hitting a pad harder than anyone in the camp. wrote that Johnson is “more skilled than he’s been given credit for,” and praised his passing during the camp.

Johnson told Rivals that Oregon, Iowa State, USC and Louisville are among the programs recruiting him the hardest, along with Michigan State. He told the site that he plans to take all five of his allotted recruiting visits this fall.

The Detroit News also featured Johnson Monday, highlighting his relationship with his mother, Janetta Johnson, who holds the single-season blocks record at Wisconsin.

The Lebron James camp, which wrapped up Monday, included 80 of the top high school prospects in the country and 20 of the top college players. Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III were also among the participants.



Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 3:02 p.m.

I don't think Michigan State is his first big ten offer. There has been word that Iowa offered him months ago.

Kyle Austin

Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

Thanks for the link, Truthisfree. I was given a list of his offers by his high school coach last week and Iowa wasn't included, so that's where that claim comes from. But to be truthful, this stuff can be hard to keep track of and since schools can't talk about offers, hard to verify. He could very well hold an Iowa offer.