Jalen Johnson


BORN: 12/18/01YEAR: Fr.WING: 6-10 1/2REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Johnson is a versatile player who can play on or off the ball and has legit point guard skills in a 6-8 frame. He excels at initiating the fast break and finding teammates and is a true quarterback of the offense/point forward.

There are a few orange flags with Johnson, as he missed most of his senior year of high school after transferring schools and is now sidelined with a foot injury. At this point it’s nothing major but something to keep an eye on to see if he’s able to string together some productive play before entering the draft.

His length and athleticism to defend multiple positions and he’s a high level rebounder who can hold is own in the paint. His rebounding has really translated early in his Duke career and his overall strength and athleticism have really stood out.

  • A heady player who makes good reads and is a skilled passer
  • Has excellent speed and overall athleticism – plays above the rim with ease
  • Has decent shooting form but is inconsistent. Could take some time to develop this aspect of his game and needs to speed up his jumper.
  • Has the ability to post up smaller defenders and really uses his size and athleticism well to score in the lane.
  • Has a smooth mid range game and a soft touch around the basket
  • Crashes the boards well and can rip and run
  • Has good length for a perimeter defender and can really lock down his man
  • Defends at the rim well for a combo forward
  • Is an overall versatile player on both ends of the floor


  • Has Paul Pierce-like abilities, skills and frame.

Draft Projection

mid lottery to mid first round pick in the 2021 NBA Draft


2021 Small Forwards

  1. Jonathan Kuminga -6-7 – G League (Congo)
  2. Scottie Barnes – 6-8 – Florida State
  3. Ziaire Williams – 6-7 – Stanford
  4. Jalen Johnson – 6-8 – Duke
  5. Corey Kispert – 6-7 – Gonzaga
  6. Terrence Shannon Jr. – 6-7 – Texas Tech
  7. Jalen Wilson – 6-8 – Kansas
  8. Landers Nolley II – 6-7 – Memphis
  9. Keyontae Johnson – 6-5 – Florida
  10. Chris Smith – 6-9 – UCLA
  11. Trendon Watford – 6-8 – LSU
  12. Derrick Alston Jr. – 6-9 – Boise State
  13. Aaron Henry – 6-6 – Michigan State
  14. Samuell Williamson – 6-7 – Louisville
  15. Emmitt Mathews Jr. – 6-7 – West Virginia