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Basketball Recruiting

2026 prospect Jayden Johnson's recruitment is already taking off

January 24, 2023

Over the last three years, I’ve had the opportunity to watch 2026 prospect Jayden Johnson, a native of Louisville, KY. Johnson, a freshman, has been playing against varsity competition over the last three years. I first watched him play as a 7th grader on a Male team with Louisville signee Kaleb Glenn.

Johnson has always stood out. Whether it’s been the progress and the skill of the young 6-foot-6 shooting guard, he’s always been one of the youngest on the floor and it has never stopped him from producing. 

Due to him being one of the youngest players on the court every time he steps out there, he drew early attention from colleges due to his potential early on. Johnson, a 2026 prospect, can’t hear directly from college coaches just yet, but with a handful of high majors already offering him he’s already all over the radar.

Johnson has had multiple 20+ point outings this season and continues to progress on an uphill track, even with three high school seasons left.

I took the time to speak with Johnson, who’s currently playing with Trinity High School. He discussed his recruitment and a brief breakdown of his game with 

Which schools have offered you?

”Missouri, West Virginia, Cincinnati, and Texas A&M.”

Have any newer schools started showing interest in you?

“Arkansas, Indiana, LSU, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Illinois.”

What was it like getting an offer from Missouri and what do you know about their interest in you?

”It was awesome the assistant coach knew me and some play last season and was very interested and they came to watch me play on EYBL with Brad Beal Elite and I knew they were interested.”

And how about Cincinnati, another school not too far? What do you know about their pursuit of you?

”They saw me play this summer with my high school team and saw me play at a high level and were very impressed with my size and skill level to only be 14 years old. They came and watched me play several times.”

Thoughts on your local interest from Louisville and Kentucky?

“Always a dream for a Kentucky kid to play for either school. I’m up for it. Cal or KP it’s the same.”

How would you best break down your game?

“I’m a highly-skilled combo guard that has a smooth and deadly shot. Great defense and I have a huge basketball IQ. I focus on getting my teammates involved and when needed can quietly take over the game. Real 3-level scorer.”

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