Jalen Johnson

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Jalen Johnson
Johnson playing for Nicolet High School in 2019
No. 1 – Nicolet Knights
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (2001-12-18) December 18, 2001 (age 18)
Wausau, Wisconsin
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight211 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeDuke (commit)
Career highlights and awards

Jalen Johnson (born December 18, 2001) is an American basketball player who attends Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin. A consensus five-star recruit, he is considered a top-10 player in the 2020 class by 247Sports and Rivals. Johnson is committed to play college basketball for Duke.

High school career[edit]

Johnson played his first two years of high school basketball for Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He played under current head coach Jeff Boos. As a freshman in 2016–17, Johnson averaged 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks to help his team to a 20–4 record. They were upset in the Regional Finals by Madison East High School. As a sophomore in 2017–18, Johnson averaged 18.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks to help his team to a 25–2 record. He led the Cardinals to their first state tournament division 1 semifinals appearance.

After his sophomore year he transferred to Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin. Johnson helped lead Nicolet to the Division 2 State Championship.[1] He was named the Associated Press Player of the Year for Wisconsin.[1] In 2019, Johnson transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his senior year.[2] On January 5, 2020, he left IMG Academy, before returning to Nicolet, though not necessarily to play basketball.[3] He was ruled eligible on February 8 to play the remainder of the season for Nicolet after never playing in a game for IMG.[1]


On July 4, 2019, Johnson committed to play college basketball at Duke University over offers from Arizona, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.[4]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jalen Johnson
Glendale, WI IMG Academy (FL) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 211 lb (96 kg) Jul 4, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 94
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 10  247Sports: 11  ESPN: 15
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Duke 2020 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  • "2020 Duke Blue Devils Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  • "2020 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 26, 2020.


  1. ^ a b c Masson, Jon (February 8, 2020). "Jalen Johnson gains eligibility to play at Glendale Nicolet". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Watson, John (August 5, 2019). "Duke's Jalen Johnson will transfer to IMG for senior season". 247Sports. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Stewart, Mark (January 17, 2020). "Duke recruit Jalen Johnson will return to Nicolet for school, not necessarily for basketball". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Caron, Emily (July 4, 2019). "Five-Star Small Forward Jalen Johnson Commits to Duke's 2020 Class". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 5, 2019.

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