Malayna Johnson


CLASS: 2013



  • Bellwood, ILHometown
  • Montini Catholic High School
  • 6-4Height
  • Weight
  • Overall Rank
  • 14Position Rank

ESPN Player Evaluations

USJN Great Plains-May. 11: Utilized her mobility and fluid movement again and again both in the halfcourt and on the break. The lean build isn't a factor yet since it's difficult to catch her and put a body on her. Keeps it high on the catch and is comfortable finishing in traffic. Showed some nice high-low passing as well as a willingness to crash the boards from the elbows following the pass. Got her hands on numerous shots defensively and intimidated opponents on a few others. The same question is there as with her 6-4 teammate Diamond Thompson. Can she create her own looks after the catch when isolated one on one on the block? (Lewis)

Deep South Classic-April 11: Extremely athletic, good defender, runs floor well, attacks the glass and rebounds well at both ends, finishes well off the break, decent low post game needs to continue to work on face up game. (Beverly)

Athlete! Has the ability to block and alter shots by just being on the floor. Can out run the guards in transition for easy buckets and has great hands to catch any pass that is thrown near her. Good skill set and you can tell the best is yet to come. (Gray)

Has all the size and length you could want in the post. Add to that tremendous agility and the speed to get out on the break and you've got a great combination. She's very active in the paint but not yet the physical presence she'll need to be when the pushing and shoving starts. On the catch she's quick to attack and is beginning to read defenders more effectively. She has the stroke and range to force bigs to cover her out to the perimeter. (Lewis)

adidas Jamboree-Oct. 10: Any time you have an older sister at Connecticut you're going to be compared to her, whether it's appropriate or not. She is a little thinner and a little longer than her old sister Mikayla. On the court she showed a lot of growth from when we first saw her a year and a half ago. She has a nice baseline spin move and a surprising strong drop-step move in the post. She will be heavily recruited due to her combination of height and athleticism but it is exciting to see her offensive skill set growing by leaps and bounds. Definitely stay tuned to this rising sophomore. (Hansen)

Chicago-Oct. 09: The Lady Broncos' Maylayna Johnson played at both events and showed a lot of promise both physically and basketball wise. At 6-4, she has the size and potential to become something special in the post. Her long, lean build gives her tremendous mobility for her size and allows her to get up and down the floor with the guards. She flashes in the paint and looks for the high-low pass but will have to become more assertive on the block looking for the ball. On the catch she'll need to attack the rim and be willing to take a hit and finish. The strength will have to come but time and maturity should take care of a lot of that.


Club Team: IL Lady Broncos

Younger sister of UConn signee (2010) Mikayla Johnson