Although 2012 commitment Ronnie Johnson (PG - 5'10") arrived to the national scene fashionably late, his performance during the July evaluation period has demonstrated that the inflation of his stock is well justified.
The talent that he's been surrounded by at North Central has allowed him to perfect his role as a distributor. He's played along side some of the best guards in the country, allowing him to develop a team-first mentality. The development of his defense, which is suffocating despite his 5'10" stature, along with his improved scoring prowess, has elevated Johnson in the upper echelons of his recruiting class.
While many initially questioned Matt Painter's scholarship offer to Ronnie Johnson, a closer look has put any concerns to bed. The more I see him play, the more I can say with confidence that he is a low-risk, high reward prospect. He's the type of player that you feel confident that he'll make the right decisions when the ball is in his hand and he'll make those around him better. Considering the talent that Purdue has on deck, Ronnie Johnson will need to be the catalyst that ensure that it molds together on the court successfully.
Okay, that might be a little hyperbolic, but it's important to have someone on the floor with a high basketball IQ that can make good decisions.
I feel strongly that Ronnie Johnson will be that man.
Just sayin'...He's pretty good...
Here's some footage of the 2011 USSFA Shootout (late June).
Overall, I think that Ronnie Johnson's controlled and intelligent playing style will give him great opportunity to play meaningful minutes as a freshman. Ok lets be honest - with the graduation of Lewis Jackson, he doesn't have a much of a choice. But his team-first mentality ensures that he will play whatever role Matt Painter needs him to play. And if he can carry the load, it allows Kelsey Barlow and whoever else would be helping at the point (TJ?) to play roles they are more suited for.