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Know the Prospect: Armon Johnson

I wonder if he's gonna change his name to "Armen". -Seth

Hello again, pre-June Knick fans.  I love you all so much more than anyone else who might call themselves a Knick fan in the near future (that is, over the age of 5).  I took a crack at covering a big man prospect last time, but I'm going to revert to form and talk about an intriguing combo guard who goes by the name of Armon.  A gamble, you say?  Might as well be one from Nevada.  JUMP TIME!

ARMON JOHNSON

6'3", 195 lbs.

PG/SG Nevada

DOB: 2/23/1989

One of the things that first jumps out about this guy is his athleticism for a backcourt player.  Unlike some second-round prospects, however, this kid knows how to use it to his full advantage by maintaining an aggressive style of play.  Here are his relevant stats from the past year before I delve any further:

YearLeagueNameGPMinPts

 

 

FG

FGAFG%2Pt2PtA2P%3Pt3PtA3P%FTMFTAFT%OffDefTOTAstsStlsBlksTOsPFs
2009/10 NCAA Armon Johnson 34 34.5 15.7 6.4 13.0 49.5 5.9 10.9 54.4 0.5 2.1 23.9 2.4 3.5 67.8 0.8 2.6 3.4 5.6 0.8 0.4 3.4 1.8

All right, let's stop and look at that stuff for a second.  49% FG, but only 23.9% 3P.   5.6 Asts and 0.8 Stls aren't bad though.  In terms of his ability to control a game via his athleticism while still struggling with his shot, he reminds me (excuse the Boston reference and obvious recent comparison) of another late-ish pick, Rajon Rondo.  Ultimately, I have to admit that this kid is a project, but one worth considering.  He still needs to put in considerable work on his jump shot and defensive skills before he could be considered a regular player in the NBA.  That being said, maybe he's worth a flier in the second round.  Here are some videos for the interactively-inclined:

Some nice moments here

And the requisite interview

 

Keep bangin', everybody.  School is most definitely not out for the summer.

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