Brandon Johns is an elite student-athlete currently attending East Lansing High School in East Lansing, Michigan. The 6’7 wing is one of the most versatile players in the entire country, currently ranked the #21 player for the class of 2018 per Rivals. Johns is the rare player that possesses the size of a post player, while having the skills of a guard. Only a sophomore, Brandon already has range that extends to NBA three distance, while also having the ability to create his own shot off the dribble or finish at the rim using his athleticism and size. College coaches are vying for the talented sophomore that has displayed elite ability while playing up a year for the 17u Indy Heat AAU club on the EYBL circuit this spring.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great spring so far on the EYBL circuit, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for Spiece as a team and for you individually?
BJ: Things are going great! Our team is really working together and improving through the course of these games. Things are going great for me also, it took me a while to get use to playing the game at this level, but I think I’m use to most of it and getting more comfortable by the day.
— D1 Circuit (@D1Circuit) May 14, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
BJ: I’m a versatile player, I can play on the perimeter, shoot threes and take my defender to the cup, but also can play down in the paint and post my defender up.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
BJ: I usually work out every day of the week. Mainly before school at 6 am or after school. Usually twice every day of the week depending on how my body feels, until the weekend which is when the sessions/games are scheduled.
Brandon Johns (18/Indy Heat) with a really nice first half – 11pts with a few highlight reel dunks and a catch and shoot 3
— Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor) May 14, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
BJ: My favorite subject is science, so chemistry and those types of subjects.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
BJ: I want to become a grad assistant, so go to grad school and eventually be a coach or physical therapist, so I’ll major in biology probably.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
BJ: Usually just hanging with friends somewhere, like bowling or movies stuff like that, or I’m in the gym with friends working out with them.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
BJ: Alabama and Iowa
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
BJ: Texas, MSU, Michigan, Ohio state, Wisconsin, Kansas, Purdue.
— Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor) April 23, 2016
EM: Can you talk a bit about your relationships with UM/Coach Beilein and MSU/Coach Izzo?
BJ: I have pretty good relationships with both. I’ve been to their campuses and they both started looking at me around the same time in 8th grade.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
BJ: I’m headed to Colorado for the USA 17u training camp to compete for a chance to get a spot on the US 17u team that will play in the FIBA 17u World Championship this summer, so no visits or camps lined up as of right now.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
BJ: What I want to study, players coming in, players already there, coaches, playing style, things like that.
Brandon Johns lands USA Basketball training camp invite https://t.co/RyDFcOr5LQ
— Social In Rochester (@SocialRochester) May 19, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
BJ: Just to be a better person going through this process, maturing, and becoming a better player.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
BJ: Always work hard. Have a great work ethic because without hard work in life you won’t go too far on or off the court. If you have a great work ethic the sky is the limit.
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