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Jalen Johnson (Photo credit: M.P. King/State Journal






SF / PG / SG


185 lb



Glendale (WI) Nicolet HS / Sun Prairie (WI) HS

Phenom University / Wisconsin Playground Warriors

Rankings Rankings

Rivals: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit (#1 SF / #4 overall)
Scout: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit (#2 PG / #7 overall) Green_arrowup_medium
ESPN: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit 97 (#1 SF / #4 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
24/7: 5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit5-star recruit 99 (#3 SF / #7 overall) Red_arrowdown_medium
Wishoops: #1 player in 2020

Last updated: July 5, 2019
Previous Rankings: 4-star (0.9884) by 24/7 Composite (#6 PF/#26 overall/#1 WI); 5-star/99 (#1/#4 overall > #1/#3 > #5 overall > #6 > #12 > #3 SF/#8 overall) by 24/7; 5-star (#1 SF/#3 overall > #1/#5 > #9 overall > #13 > #9) by Rivals; 5-star/98 (#1 SF/#3 overall) > 94 (#3 SG/#12) by ESPN

Rankings at time of commitment: 5-star (0.9985) by 24/7 Composite (#1 SF/#4 overall/#1 WI); 5-star by 24/7, Rivals & ESPN; #1 in 2020 by Wishoops

Honors Honors

2019 First Team All-State (AP)*
2019 First Team All-State (USA Today)
2018 All-State - Div. 1 (WBCA)*
*unanimous selection

Statistics Statistics

2019: | EYBL (Phenom U)
2018-19: 20.2 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 6.1 apg | Junior (Nicolet)
2017-18: 19 ppg, 10 rpg | Sophomore (Sun Prairie)
2016-17: 14.9 ppg | Freshman (Sun Prairie)

Verbal commitment Verbally committed to Duke

Wisconsin was always the favorite school for Johnson growing up (although he recently stated Kentucky was his dream school) and thus he's enjoyed going to numerous basketball games on campus as his stardom has continued to grow. Greg Gard's staff -- primarily Lamont Paris at the start -- was recruiting Johnson even before his first day of high school. Johnson hit a growth spurt making the lengthy point forward a very intriguing prospect at almost 6-foot-6, despite battling a minor knee injury his freshman season.

The Badgers hosted Johnson for a football game in September of 2016 and it seemed the whole basketball community was eagerly awaiting the day Wisconsin finally offered the inevitable scholarship to Johnson. Johnson announced his offer on May 12, 2017.

Iowa and Marquette began pursuing Johnson early also. Though some programs shied away from the pursuit based on the already-solid connection between Johnson and the Badgers, that didn't stop the bluebloods from getting involved. A superb July (an appearance at the Under Armour All-American Camp in Philadelphia and a couple of team championships) attracted the attention of Duke, Kansas and UNC. Johnson visited Marquette ahead of attending UW's advanced camp on June 23. He was expected to visit North Carolina in September, and also made a trip to Duke on August 11. He then attended Kentucky's Big Blue Madness in October and is considered a top priority for every school pursuing him. It will be a tough task for Greg Gard to keep Johnson in-state.

Johnson hasn’t relinquished his spot in the national top five rankings for the 2020 class, but he has added two or three inches to his size, truly making him an impossible matchup at the high school level. After a disappointing end to his sophomore season in the WIAA state tournament, Johnson switched to a brand new AAU squad, Phenom University, on the Nike circuit. He and his younger brother Kobe were also just two of the players from that program who transferred to Nicolet High School to form a prep basketball powerhouse. It was hard to view either one as a good thing for Wisconsin’s chances, and in retrospect, that was likely the best time for the fanbase to truly see the writing on the wall. Yet Johnson continued to pay complimentary lip service to the Badgers, along with Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina; Greg Gard and company continued to do their due diligence.

Johnson attended Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness once again this year, though Duke quickly emerged as the perceived front runner in this race. Coach K and his entire staff made an in-home visit to kickoff the AAU season in 2019. Along with the Wildcats and Blue Devils, Johnson included Arizona and Wisconsin as his final four schools in the summer. He selected Duke on July 4th heading into his final prep season.

Offered on May 12, 2017

Press Clippings Recent Press

1/17: Duke recruit Jalen Johnson will return to Nicolet for school, not necessarily for basketball (Journal Sentinel)

7/10: Bossi’s Best: Ten best HS prospects in America (Rivals)
7/5: Top basketball recruit Jalen Johnson selects Duke over Wisconsin, Kentucky, Arizona (Wisconsin State Journal)
7/4: Nicolet basketball star Jalen Johnson commits to Duke (Journal Sentinel)
5/15: Nike EYBL Indianapolis Best Team: Phenom University (
4/28: Top basketball recruit Jalen Johnson talks Kentucky and Duke (Lexington Herald Leader)
3/17: Jalen Johnson posts 20/20 game in championship as Nicolet beats Washington (USA Today)

12/10: Jalen Johnson shines at the National Hoopfest (Prep Circuit)
11/24: With the additions of Kobe and Jalen Johnson, all eyes are on Nicolet (Journal Sentinel)
8/9: 16U All-Americans (Prep Hoops)
7/30: Basketball standout Jalen Johnson announces he will leave Sun Prairie, p[lans to attend Glendale Nicolet (Wisconsin State Journal)
6/18: USA Basketball: Jalen Johnson talks wide ranging recruitment (Rivals)
5/14: EYBL Atlanta: Bossi's closing notes and takeaways (Rivals)

11/28: Jalen Johnson's injury clouds Sun Prairie's prospects early in the season (Wisconsin State Journal)
8/10: Ten Up and Coming Prospects To Know (NY2LA Sports)
7/30: Jalen Johnson stands out in Las Vegas (
7/26: Rising 2020 star Johnson breaks down local schools (Rivals)
7/25: Q&A with 2020 prospect Jalen Johnson (Scout)
7/25: NY2LA Summer Jam: Player Spotlight (Cream City Central)
7/24: Evans' Takeaways: What we learned at the NY2LA Summer Jam (Rivals)
7/16: Under Armour Finals: Championship Saturday awards and recruiting notes (Rivals)
6/14: 2017 CrossRoads Elite Invitational Camp Recap (SLAM)
5/10: Sun Prairie's Johnson sits on top of loaded 2020 class (Mark Miller)
2/9: Jalen Johnson, Sun Prairie move into tie for Big Eight lead (Wisconsin State Journal)

Multimedia Audio / Video

Interview: Jalen Johnson talks about the race to No. 1 & his recruitment at the NBPA Top 100 camp (6/13/19)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson Highlights From EYBL Session 2 With Phenom University (5/12/19)
Interview: Instagram Live Interview w/5-Star Jalen Johnson (5/5/19)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson Squares Off With Patrick Baldwin Jr. at NY2LA Classic (12/16/18)
Highlights: Nicolet Home Opener was a MOVIE!! (12/1/18)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson and Phenom University Takes Down Vegas Elite at EYBL E16 Champs (5/14/18)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson Sophomore Highlights (3/24/18)
Highlights: Sun Prairie Advances Past Madison LaFollette in Division 1 Sectional Semifinal (3/10/18)
Highlights: 2020 Jalen Johnson Summer League highlights | RAW FOOTAGE (6/10/17)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson UAA Indy Highlights (5/2/17)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson Highlights From the 2017 NY2LA Swish N' Dish (4/7/17)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson leads Sun Prairie Past Jake Ferguson, Madison Memorial (2/10/17)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson - Vimeo/Badger Blitz (1/29/17)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson Scores 22 vs. Janesville Craig In Front of UW (1/27/17)
Highlights: Jalen Johnson - 2016 CP3 Rising Stars Camp Mixtape (9/18/16)
See more highlights on HUDL

More Info Additional Info

2019-20 Schedule | Journal Sentinel | Wisconsin State Journal

Twitter: @Jalen_J23