In 2014, Jalen Johnson was a star for Wesleyan Christian Academy in North Carolina, but he was never the star. That honor belonged to Harry Giles III, the consensus No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2015 and recent transfer to Oak Hill Academy.
That transfer weakens Wesleyan considerably, yet paradoxically, it could actually help Johnson, who has wasted no time whatsoever to thrust himself into the national limelight.
Johnson, who already holds scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Miami, Clemson, Tennessee and Wake Forest, among other Division I stalwarts, was one of the summer’s breakout stars, particularly at the Adidas Uprising event, where he starred for Team Wall.
In fact, Johnson didn’t just star for Team Wall, the team’s leading scorer also took plenty of Wall’s advice to heart.
“After we lost our second game John told a couple of us that our body language wasn’t good,” Jalen Johnson told USA TODAY High School Sports colleague Jason Jordan. “It’s definitely something that I took to heart. How can you not? It’s John Wall. I definitely agreed with what he said. It’s something the coaches have told me.”
Johnson has also given those coaches plenty to praise.