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In the first installment of ESPN HoopGurlz's feature "Prospects In Focus," we go in-depth with Mychal Johnson of Huntington, W.Va., the 5-foot-8 guard who is ranked 23rd in the ESPNU Terrific 25 for the 2014 class.
A former gymnast and competitive cheerleader, Johnson has superb speed and agility in the open floor. Her calling card is forcing the other team's point guard into a mistake, and it's rare that she doesn't capitalize on those mistakes. She is a willing passer on the offensive end, taking pride in making the right decision each trip down the floor. The ability to knock down the 15-footer off the bounce makes her an even tougher matchup. Her skill set and super high energy level reminds me of Marjorie Butler, though they have vastly different body types. Very coachable, a player's point guard.
She's not a big guard, but she's tough. She'll need to add some weight to her frame to take the pounding of conference play at the BCS level. Also, Johnson can improve her 3-point shooting percentage to be a more consistent threat on the ball reversal.
Johnson is one of the top 10 floor generals in her class. Her ability to push the tempo, set the table and make shots will make her a commodity at schools from coast to coast. Her goal going forward should be to contribute anywhere in the country early in her career.
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Brandon Clay is a contributor and national recruiting analyst for ESPN HoopGurlz. He is also the publisher of the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report and the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as a recruiting analyst, event operator and trainer. He can be reached at email@example.com.