Kailee Johnson

Kailee Johnson


CLASS: 2013



  • Portland, ORHometown
  • Central Catholic High School
  • 6-3Height
  • Weight
  • 20Overall Rank
  • 5Position Rank
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ESPN Player Evaluations

EOT-July 11: Playing through an ankle injury and it seems to have taken some of her confidence to change directions and make plays off the dribble. Even injured Johnson is one of the most fluid 6-3 and up kids in the country. In this setting, unlike with her high school team, she shows how gifted she is as a passer and paired with Mercedes Russell, the high-low attack doesn't get much better. Would like to see her play the low post stronger and perhaps that will come with time and practicing with and against Russell should only help that part of her game mature. She projects as a forward with the ability to play in a four-out system and post matchup nightmares for defenses. (Hansen)

Nike TOC-Dec. 10: Finding a prospect on the high-school level who fits the position description of a true guard, forward or post is a rare thing these days. This 6-foot-3 sophomore from Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) should have her picture in the dictionary beside the word forward. She has good size to combine with a solid frame that may well hint at some increased height down the road. What sets her apart from players of similar stature and their calling on the block is the diversity of her skills.

Johnson can take care of business down low but works with equal effectiveness in the high post. She can put it on the floor and create her own looks as well as pull up and shoot the ball with some confidence from the 8- to-15-foot range. She's constantly looking to attack and isn't hesitant to work in traffic. She elevates impressively on her shot but does drift or fall away at times. Though she's more than willing to use it, the left hand is going to need some sharpening around the rim and in her ball skills. Johnson is active and aggressive at both ends of the floor and a large part of her potential is already a reality. Despite her team's opening round loss to Windward (Los Angeles), playing for fundamental and proven coach Sandy Dickerson should help her take the next step forward and lengthen the line of recruiters already at her door. (Lewis)

Johnson has matured and improved by leaps and bounds from a season ago. Her length and mobility on the perimeter will draw comparisons to Elena DelleDonne. Johnson may be a tad faster and more nimble on the attack though the shooting range isn't quite EDD-esque. Johnson has a confidence that was missing as a freshman. You can see it in her posture, in her eyes, and by the plays she tries to make.

For all the praise of her ability to fill a lane or attack from the wing, she is also an effective interior scorer with really good touch. She is a solid rebounder, and not to back track, but, she can start the break after securing the defensive board. She showed solid footwork, good hands, protected the ball, all the things you look for in a budding interior player. Strength is the only obvious knock on this 6-3 star. She has a long and lean frame, but given her coordination and skill, she isn't marred by the awkwardness of some players her age and height.

If Johnson's progress in the last 12 months are a sign of things to come, the 2013 class is shaping up to be really special group. (Hansen)


In her own words: Meet Kailee Johnson
Club Team: Team Concept Heat

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