Flagstaff, Arizona is not relatively known for it's rich basketball talent, but occasionally a player emerges that reminds you that basketball is also played in northern Arizona - and not just for the Lumberjacks. Flagstaff High School's super athletic 6-foot-2 rising senior combo-guard prospect Trevor Johnson is coming off a strong junior season for his high school program. Not slowing down one bit during the spring's evaluation period, Johnson carried his strong play into the spring club season and raised many eyebrows with his play.
The son of former Northern Arizona University standout guard Tyrone Johnson, the high scoring Trevor Johnson led his Flagstaff Eagles to this year's Division-II state playoffs, only to see his team collapse at the hands of a sharp-shooting Saguaro HS team in the first round of the playoffs on the road. In the loss, Johnson poured in more than 30 points in the game - a performance which also included two You-Tube-like dunks.
After the end to a high school season where Johnson led his high school program in numerous statistical categories, he then chose to travel south to Scottsdale where he would practice with his club team, the Arizona Magic Pump N Run-2014's, at the Jewish Community Center three times per week. Thus far, the travel has paid off for Johnson, as he has raised his overall level of play this spring with a group of unselfish prospects that won 2 of the 4 tournaments they participated in this spring.
Johnson helped lead his Magic team to a 15-2 overall record in the spring, as the team won the local Southwest Showcase Main Event and also the Double Pump Hoop Fest in Los Angeles, CA. In a third tournament held in Las Vegas, the Double Pump Spring Classic, Johnson's club team would finish among the final-four teams in the event - losing in the semi-finals to the eventual tournament champion, Double Pump All-Stars (CA).
Johnson is a high-energy and superbly athletic combo-guard prospect that plays well above the rim and is a big-time slasher for his size. He is capable of playing both guard positions, but is definitely at his best as a shooting guard prospect, as he has a nice knack for scoring the basketball at a high rate. He is very strong off the dribble, where he likes to utilize his athleticism to make plays.
Johnson also proved this spring that he is capable of making shots consistently behind the three-point arc - a nice aspect of his game that should suit him nicely over time as he develops for the collegiate level. This area of his game, as well as his ability to play the point position and make players around him better, will be valuable in his continued development as a player.
Johnson is a good ball handler and is a solid passer, although he has never seen a shot that he doesn't like. Continued improvement in his overall decision making will allow him to reach his maximum potential as a player.
Johnson is a strong defender with good lateral quickness, as a result of his tremendous athleticism on the court. He is capable of becoming a lock-down defender, and with more focus in this area of his game he could raise his overall value as a college prospect.
While Johnson will now turn his attention for the month of June back to his Flagstaff high school program, his play for the remainder of the summer months will be very important in determining just where he will land for his college future.