POSITION: Power Forward
WEIGHT: 205 lbs
SCHOOL/ TEAM: Missouri State
Shooting ability - Shot 38% from 3 on 3 attempts per game; Soft touch stretch 4 potential
Rebounding - Averaged 10 rebounds per game
Ball handling - Advanced ball handling for a 4; Has ability to beat man off the dribble with shifty handle
Athleticism - Quick leaper with good second jump; Very agile and fluid
Potential - Still somewhat raw, but has nice skill set and tools that can be developed into a unique player
Grab & Go - Shows flashes of having the ability to crash glass, push the ball ahead and make plays for others
Passing - Good passing instincts; Good interior passer, makes passes out of the post and on the move
Energy - Has a running motor and makes effort plays
Versatility - Can score from Pick & Pop, Post Ups, Putbacks and in transition
Running the floor - Has the speed to be an excellent finisher in transition
Strength - Must get stronger; Only 205 pounds and struggles beating slower defenders off the dribble when bumped
Shot selection - Despite his efficient numbers, has tendency to take wild shots
Slashing - Tendency to drive to the rim without a plan or out of control
Turnovers - Has a negative assist to turnover ratio; often forces passes into tight spaces
Balance - Sometimes shoots off balance jumpers; and has inconsistent form on jumper
Scoring in traffic - Struggles finishing at rim vs length and stronger defenders; tendency to double clutch to into bad misses
Mid Range - Shot below 25% on jump shots inside the 3 point line
Tweener - Can he put on weight? Or will have to develop his perimeter skills to be a 3 who can steal minutes at the 4
RAFAEL BARLOWE SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Alize Johnson is one of my favorite prospects in the 2018 class. One of the reasons I am high on him is because his name is Alize. If you've listened to any 2Pac music from the Death Row era of the mid 90's ( Johnson was born in 1996) then you've heard all about Alize, Pac's drink of choice outside of Hennessy. My main reason for being a believer in Alize Johnson, is because he has game. Major game.
Johnson burst onto the scene last year for Missouri State after playing 2 years at Frank Phillips College in the middle of nowhere Texas. In his first season playing major college basketball, Johnson established himself as one of the more intriguing prospects in all of America. Standing at 6'9" and weighing only 205 pounds soak and wet, Johnson ranked among the nations leaders in rebounds and had 7 games were he grabbed 15 rebounds or more. He plays with relentless energy that reminds me of Shawn Marion since large percentage of his points came from effort plays and offensive putbacks.
Johnson is still somewhat raw, but he has the tools to be a weapon on the NBA level with the proper development. A late growth spurt changed him from a 5'9" point guard to forward and its evident by his passing ability and ball handling. Johnson has the ability to make passes out of the low and high post and also passes well on the move showing vision you rarely see in a power forward. As a ball handler, he displays an advanced handle and can beat most of his matchups to the rim. The problem is he lacks strength, so any type of contact changes his route to the rim which causes a lot of off balanced and wild drives. He has a tendency to put his head down and drive to the rim without a purpose and rarely makes plays above the rim. Shot selection is another area where Johnson will need to improve on going forward.
What really makes Johnson a special prospect is his ability to space the floor. He shot an impressive 38.8% from 3 and has the potential to become a real pick & pop threat as a pro. I even think he can develop into a guy who can shoot 3's coming off screens or pin downs with his footwork and mobility. The majority of Johnson's possessions came from operating in the post, where he banged his skinny frame until he got to his sweet spot near the basket. While he lacks strength and polish, he was an efficient scorer on the block and shot 52% on post up possessions. Johnson's ability to rebound and passing instincts makes him a "Grab & Go" threat which has become more coveted in recent draft classes.
While I'm a big fan of Johnson's game and potential, there are a lot of areas where he can improve to help his draft stock. In my opinion he's more of a natural "hooper" than basketball player and has made it this far on his natural ability and high powered motor. Once he tightens his handle, puts on weight and gets stronger he has a chance to be a very good complimentary player. I'd love to see him improve as a roll man in the pick & roll, mid range shooter and become better at attacking close outs. With his natural talent and ability, adding those facets to his game should not be an issue.
RAFAEL BARLOWE - SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Alize Johnson offensive breakdown by the numbers