Wesley Johnson

College: Syracuse
Birthday: 7/11/87
NBA Position: SF
Class: Junior
Ht: 6-7
Wt: 205
Hometown: Corsicana, TX
High School: Patterson
NBA Comparison: Shawn Marion

Strengths: Transfers in college basketball aren’t usually as successful as Wesley Johnson (transferred from Iowa State). Johnson is long and athletic and can be seen as a mix of Shawn Marion and Danny Granger. Johnson features a beautiful jumpshot with a quick release and good range; he often knocks down contested shots. Johnson excels in transition and is excellent at finishing lobs and alley-oops (42″ inch vertical). His wingspan (7-feet) makes him a force at the forward position in Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone defense, stealing passes and blocking shots from the weak side. Wesley is a great teammate and is often smiling; Boeheim has been quoted saying Wes is the nicest kid he’s ever coached, hands down.

Weaknesses: Johnson is an excellent shooter from the outside, but he hasn’t shown the consistent ability to finish off the dribble. He can often be found standing around the 3-point line waiting for passes to come his way. Johnson needs to bulk up and add strength to finish at the rim in the NBA. He needs to continue to develop a more all-around game. Johnson has shown the ability to knock down jumpers with hands in his face, but needs to work on his shot selection. His on-ball defense can be questioned due to mainly being seen only in the 2-3 zone defense.

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