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2021 NBA Draft scouting report: Jalen Johnson

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Peachtree Hoops continues its 2021 NBA Draft scouting report series with a look at Jalen Johnson, an explosive forward out of Duke.

Jalen Johnson – a five-star recruit from Duke by way of Nicolet High School near Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida – made major news waves in February when he decided to withdraw from college and focus on his professional career after just 13 games at the NCAA level. Johnson is a flashy passer in the open court with good reads and the ability to pinpoint passes with either hand and off the live dribble if necessary. Johnson uses his leaping ability to high point the ball when trailing on defense for blocks, and stays active in passing lanes to pick off lazy gives. At his size, Johnson will come into the league as a combo forward, but it’s rare to be effective playing that role in the modern NBA without any floor stretching ability whatsoever.

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