“I usually train before school every day, after school. And then it just stopped, ”said Johnson. “Even my mother said, ‘You have to get out of the house. ‘It was such a strange transition. “
He also lost any momentum he had built with a stellar junior season. Johnson played in the district’s Public Charter School Athletic Association, averaging 30.7 points to top all scorers in the area. As a two-star recruit, he was mainly persecuted by small local colleges. But at the end of winter he felt everything accelerate. The 6-foot-4 Johnson’s stat lines and highlights got more attention on social media and more colleges showed interest.
He made an unofficial visit to Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md., The first one he hoped would make many trips to see potential applicants. A solid performance on the AAU circuit this spring would certainly take his recruitment to the next level.
“Before the corona, I just kept my eyes on AAU,” he said. “I had a good high school season and I knew I was going to have a good AAU season. I trained every day, just very focused. Then everything was canceled in the blink of an eye. “
He found himself in the same situation as many medium-sized recruits in all sports: he felt helpless. With no AAU games or workouts to get more movies or interest, the most popular players became more popular while lesser-known recruits suffered.
Johnson still laments that he missed the opportunity to play AAU. “I think about it every day,” he said.
It’s been a long summer. As soon as it was safe to exercise again, he focused all his energy on getting better. His basketball life has started to accelerate. Johnson plays in a fall league for DMV T-Wolves and he hopes Chavez will resume basketball activities in December.
In recent months, he has received scholarship offers from Gannon University, Livingstone College, Miles College, Millersville University, and Virginia Union University. He hopes to go to school in April for his birthday. Until then, the region’s most successful goalscorer will try to make up for the lost time.
Other basketball news
Episcopal security guard Darius Johnson got involved in central Florida this month. As the four-star selection of the second team last winter, the four-star prospect opted for the Knights across from Providence and Alabama.
Rock Creek Christian security guard Jakai Robinson got involved in Miami last week. Robinson, a selection from Third Team All-Met last season, chose the Hurricanes across U-Conn., NC State, Seton Hall and Georgetown. He is the third All-Met player to sign up for Miami in recent years, alongside Earl Timberlake (2019) from DeMatha and Chris Lykes (2016) from Gonzaga.