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Class of 2021 Patrick School/NY Jayhawks forward Samson Johnson piling up offers
By ADAM ZAGORIASamson Johnson, the 6-foot-10 Class of 2021 forward from The Patrick School (N.J.) and the NY Jayhawks AAU program, has been piling up the offers in recent weeks.
Johnson, a long, athletic rim runner, now holds offers from Syracuse, UCONN, Marquette, St. John’s, Xavier, Miami and Cincinnati.
“He will be the next [Deandre’] Bembry, a sleeper to get to the highest level,” said Patrick School coach Chris Chavannes, referring to the Atlanta Hawks and former Patrick School wing
Johnson averaged 8.9 points and 3.2 rebounds this past season for the Celtics while playing alongside stars like Jonathan Kuminga, Adama Sanogo, Saint Peter’s-bound guard Zarique Nutter and East Carolina-bound point guard Noah Farrakhan.
He shot 67 percent from the field, scoring often on dunks and in the paint, while shooting 37 percent (13-of-35) from deep.
“He’s a high-character and hard-working kid,” Jayhawks coach Jay David said.
“At 6-10 with a 7-5/7-6 wingspan with the ability to step out and hit the high school 3-pointer consistently, he is one of the best forwards in the country.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.