Let’s take a look at future South Carolina Gamecock Tyrone Johnson.
Johnson has an NBA–ready handle already. I would put his crossover and pull back dribble on par with Jamal Crawford, and that is saying something. Johnson is a bit undersized, but has the speed and upper body strength to make room for his shot. He attacks the rim well and uses the rim to protect his shot.
He even has the vertical leap to be able to get blocks on shorter guards, and can be a difference-maker with his perimeter defense.
Hey Gamecocks let’s give @therealtj3 some love as he is the newest member of the family
— Frank Martin (@FrankMartin_SC) January 8, 2013
The 6-foot-2 guard will enroll for the 2013 spring semester and can play the day after he completes his fall exams. He went to Villanova last year, and will have two years of eligibility left for the Gamecocks. Johnson was a four-star recruit his senior year and the No. 11 ranked point guard in the 2011 class. He didn’t average more than 20 minutes a game for Villanova, and South Carolina is now the beneficiary.
Head coach Frank Martin has got to be excited to have this player on his team. Johnson will provide instant offense for the Gamecocks, and the offense can really run through him and let him create open opportunities for others. We will see how Johnson manages next year – I expect him to really tear it up as a Gamecock.