After the performance Memphis Tigers junior guard Geron Johnson had during the game against the Ohio Bobcats, now everyone knows why Josh Pastner decided to take a chance on him.
His physique is rock solid, yet his game is so smooth and fluid. In just his fourth game as a Tiger (compared to his teammates with seven games under their belts), you saw Johnson leading the offense and instructing teammates during several series.
He does not force any shots and plays within the team’s offense. On the defensive end, he is the ball handler’s worst nightmare.
“He brought energy,” Pastner said. “He gives us another dimension.”
Geoff Calkins of the Commercial Appeal reported this about Johnson’s play against the Bobcats.
He brought bruises, too. He brought a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Tigers their first lead. He brought unselfishness and hellacious defense and 8-of-11 shooting and 21 points and 3 assists and 3 steals.
The 21 points were a career high for Johnson in which he got 29 minutes of play. The only player to play more minutes in the game was junior guard Joe Jackson.
He plays defense. He can run the offense. He can score. He is unselfish. He plays with energy and intensity.
Every game this season, the Tigers have had a slow start. It sounds like Johnson has the qualities the Tigers need to start the game off with in the future.
It has been reported that Johnson enjoys leading and pushing the reserve squad in practice. If he continues to have performances like the Bobcats game, it’s only a matter of time when he is practicing with the starting squad.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.