NHR Top 100: #37 Reggie Johnson, C, Miami

31 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 37 – Reggie Johnson, C, Jr., Miami

To understand why Johnson is so high on this list, you have to understand where he was just five years ago.

He was a project in the truest sense of the word. Johnson was a jovial heavy-set kid that was just happy to be along for the ride. His natural strength and overall size was hard for fellow teenagers to defend. When the confidence kicked in, Johnson became a player that those in basketball circles knew he would become.

To be a near double-double guy in the ACC, well, I don’t know of too many people that actually thought that could be a reality. Frank Haith and his staff did and to their credit, Johnson may be the best player to be developed under their regime while at Miami.

Now it is Jim Larranaga’s turn. The new ‘Cane coach has done well with big men while at George Mason. With Johnson, however, Larranaga will have to wait until the ACC schedule. Johnson tore cartilage in his right knee this summer and is on the road to recovery still.

Obviously, time will only tell due to the injury but if Johnson is even 90 percent, Miami will be very tough up front with Julian Gamble, Kenny Kadji and Erik Swoope all in tow, along with Johnson.

2010-2011 STATS: 11.9 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.9 TO 1.3 bpg, 59.1% FG


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