On the eve of his first college season, DeAndre “Boogie” Johnson said the most important thing about the first day of training camp is “getting my feet wet” and getting into position.
The 6-foot-7 forward is set to take the field for the Aggies against the No. 2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks Saturday night at the University of Houston’s Astrodome, and he’s eager to make the most of the opportunity.
The rookie from South Carolina said he’s not afraid of the challenge.
“I’ve always been an athlete,” Johnson said, according to the Houston Chronicle.
“It doesn’t really matter if you’re a 6-5 guy, a 6’t-6 guy, or a 6’7 guy.
I’m still gonna do my job.
So I’m not worried about being out there on the court. “
I’ve been blessed to get a chance to play at this level and get a first start and have a lot of success.
So I’m not worried about being out there on the court.
I just want to play well.”
Johnson is an elite prospect, and the 6-9 forward is one of the top players in the class.
He’s also coming off his best game, a double-double in the first half against South Carolina, and his shooting percentage (58.5) is second only to Duke’s Jayson Tatum, who has a better overall shooting percentage of 54.2 percent.
He averaged 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in the win.
“His jump shot is his big thing, his shot is really explosive,” Houston coach Kevin Sumlin said.
“So I’m excited about the kid.
I’ve seen some of the other players in that class that shoot it better than he does.
But I’ve been excited about his ability to get his hands on the ball and to get to the rim.”
Johnson’s role is one to watch for.
The Texas A & M product said he feels more comfortable playing on the perimeter than on the inside.
And while he does have a strong shooting touch, he said he has yet to prove he can defend the best perimeter defenders.
“It’s not something that I’m worried about,” Johnson told the Chronicle.