At 16-years-old and 6-foot-8, Jalen Johnson is not only becoming the best high school player in Wisconsin, but also in the country for the class of 2020, now let the recruiting begin.
Johnson, a soon to be junior at Sun Prairie High School has received interest from some of the nations top basketball colleges. Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Wisconsin just to name a few. He has received so much interest from college recruiters that he only takes their phone calls two days a week.
"Just with all of the calls I get. Me and my family picked a time that will work best for me," Johnson said.
Johnson just returned from being selected as one of 18 finalists for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup team in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He didn’t make the final 12 man roster, but gained high level experience. Johnson said, "this experience was humbling. Now I just keep a chip on my shoulder."
Johnson will be entering his junior season with the Cardinals. He averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game as a sophomore and helped lead Sun Prairie to the WIAA Division 1 state tournament. With two more seasons to go at the high school level, the reality of what will happen next is becoming more obvious for the Big Eight all-conference team selection. "I never really thought I would be this highly touted of a prospect," Johnson said. "The more publicity that I’ve got that more I’ve come to the realization that it’s happening."