In one fluid motion, Johnson caught the ball, put it between his legs, and delivered a perfect alley-oop pass.
It’s who the 6-foot-3, 180-pound point guard is: a playmaker.
Dior Johnson Highlights
Johnson lives for the big play. He has the ability to convert in crunch-time situations, and most importantly, he wants the ball.
The five-star recruit is a wildly creative shot maker. This creativity is vital in finishing tough looks, which is his bread and butter. He does this on the drive or with an off-the-dribble jumper.
The high school hoops star is nifty around the rim and already has a go-to step-back move. He controls the speed of his attack. As a ball-handler, he’s proficient and loves the spin move. Geared with athleticism, he’s becoming more accustomed to highlight dunks.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson grew a few more inches. That addition in height would only accentuate his physical gifts. He could become a solid on-ball defender if he put in the effort.
The main concern I see with Johnson is that he’s at his seventh high school in three years.
Dior Johnson Basketball Recruiting
Johnson’s attended Saguerties Senior High School in his hometown Saugerties, New York; IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida; Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada; Fairfax Senior High School in Los Angeles, California; Mayfair High School in Lakewood, California; and Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak, he transferred to Corona Centennial High School in Corona, California.
Johnson is the fifth-ranked player in the 2022 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He held college basketball scholarship offers from Syracuse, Alabama, Arizona State, Bryant, Buffalo, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Hofstra, LSU, Memphis, Nebraska, Ole Miss, St. John’s, Stony Brook, TCU, and Western Kentucky
The point guard/shooting guard committed to head coach Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse University men’s basketball team in February 2020, per ESPN. He was considered the best ‘Cuse recruit since Carmelo Anthony, who led the Orangemen to the 2003 NCAA championship.
Dior Johnson Decommits from the Syracuse Orange
In November 2020, Johnson announced his decommitment from the Syracuse basketball program on social media. The Orange remain in consideration.
It’s unclear who Johnson is eyeing besides Syracuse, but his incredible talent should have top programs eager for his services. ACC programs Duke, North Carolina (UNC), Louisville, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame should call. Kentucky, Georgetown, Maryland, Notre Dame, Indiana won’t be too far behind.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson decided to go the NBA G-League route, either. In addition to Anthony, the Syracuse coaching staff could reference the program’s five other active NBA players to entice the New York native. Joining those ranks will be Elijah Hughes, who was the 39th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. His rights were later traded to the Utah Jazz.
Whoever lands Johnson will be getting a high-level talent who’s extremely confident. However, the various transfers could be worrisome.
PG Dior Johnson Commits to Oregon Ducks
UPDATE (June 23, 2021): Point guard Dior Johnson, the No. 7 basketball recruit in the country, announced his commitment to head coach Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks on Instagram.
Johnson picked Oregon over Alabama, Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and a reported offer of $1.2 million to play in the National Basketball League (NBL) in New Zealand.
The prized recruit should make an immediate impact when he arrives in Eugene.
This post was originally published on November 25, 2020, but has been updated to follow Johnson?s recruiting.