Rising Senior Spotlight - Nick Johnson
Rivers School's Nick Johnson is one of the best defenders you'll find anywhere in New England, that was his claim to fame this year as guys like Jay Dieterle and Camaron Tongue shouldered most of the offensive burden.
Johnson though is an equally talented offensive player with a ton of game with the ball in his hands. He and tongue should form one of the ISL's best inside-out tandems next year as the rising senior will get to show his exciting style on both ends of the floor.
On the recruiting front, he's looking at all levels and confident he'll be able to prove himself a scholarship level player, but simultaneously looking to play at a high academic college.
Academics: 3.4 GPA
2019-20 ISL Defensive Player of the Year
I am a tenacious defender who guards 94 feet every play. I'm very quick and penetrate well. I've improved greatly on my outside shot and continue to beocme a threat from deep.
"Nick Johnson's highlight tape is one of the most impressive I've seen so far, and we've watched a lot of highlight tapes in the last few months. I knew he was quick, a good defender, and could make plays offensively, but didn't have a full appreciation for the scope of which he could change a game. Defensively, he can both make plays and lock-up the ball. What I mean by that is that he can pressure the ball for the entire length of the floor, take opposing teams out of their offense, but he also has great anticipation away from the ball, allowing him to jump into passing lanes and create turnovers. Offensively, the lefty seems equally capable of attacking either side off the dribble, very creative in the lane, and more of a threat with his jumper than I realized. Overall, I came away very impressed. I think he's a guy that local D2 schools should see soon and academic D3's should pursue in hopes of getting a steal."
- Adam Finkelstein, NERR & ESPN