Jalen Johnson

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Jalen Johnson
Johnson playing for Nicolet High School in 2019
No. 1 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (2001-12-18) December 18, 2001 (age 19)
Wausau, Wisconsin
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeDuke (2020–2021)
NBA draft2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2021–present
Career history
2021–presentAtlanta Hawks
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jalen Tyrese Johnson (born December 18, 2001) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils. He was a consensus five-star recruit and one of the best small forwards in the 2020 class. Johnson finished his high school career at Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin.

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] As a senior, Johnson averaged 24.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 9 games. He was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]


Johnson was rated as a five-star recruit and the No.13 overall recruit in the 2020 high school class.[5]

On July 4, 2019, Johnson committed to play college basketball at Duke University over offers from Arizona, Kentucky, and Wisconsin.[6][7]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jalen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI Nicolet (WI) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 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: 9  247Sports: 14  ESPN: 13
  • 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 September 11, 2020.
  • "2020 Duke Blue Devils Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  • "2020 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 11, 2020.

College career[edit]

In his college debut on November 28, 2020, Johnson had 19 points, 19 rebounds, and four blocks in an 81–71 win against Coppin State.[8] On November 30, 2020, Johnson earned ACC Freshman of the week honors.[9] On January 26, 2021, Johnson scored 18 points and 6 rebounds in a 75–68 win over Georgia Tech.[10] In his lone short stint at Duke, Johnson appeared in 13 games as a Blue Devil averaging 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assist per game.[11] He missed three games with a foot injury in December 2020. On February 15, 2021, Johnson announced that he would forgo the remainder of the season, effectively ending his college career and declare for the 2021 NBA draft.[12]

Professional career[edit]

Atlanta Hawks (2021–present)[edit]

On July 29, 2021, Johnson was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 20th pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.[13] On August 4, 2021, he signed with the Hawks.[14] He recorded a double-double with 20 points on 8-12 shooting and 10 rebounds, leading his team in both, as well as 5 turnovers in 25 minutes at his debut for the team, a 85-83 loss against the Boston Celtics in the 2021 NBA summer league.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2020–21 Duke 13 8 21.4 .523 .444 .632 6.1 2.2 1.2 1.2 11.2


  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. ^ Jordan, Jason (March 12, 2019). "McDonald's All American Game Cancelled Amid COVID-19 Concerns". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  5. ^ "Jalen Johnson, 2020 Small forward". n.rivals.com. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  6. ^ Caron, Emily (July 4, 2019). "Five-Star Small Forward Jalen Johnson Commits to Duke's 2020 Class". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Borzello, Jeff (July 4, 2019). "No.4 recruit, forward Johnson, commits to Duke". ESPN. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Johnson, Steward help No. 9 Duke beat Coppin State 81-71". ESPN. Associated Press. November 28, 2020. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  9. ^ "Aluma, Johnson Pick Up ACC Men's Basketball Weekly Honors". Atlantic Coast Conference. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  10. ^ "Duke snaps 3-game skid, holds off Georgia Tech for 75–68 win". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  11. ^ Gim, Eric (April 1, 2021). "Duke men's basketball 2020–21 season review: Jalen Johnson". Duke Chronicle. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  12. ^ Aaron Beard (February 15, 2021). "Duke's Johnson is forgoing season, declaring for NBA draft". seattletimes.com. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  13. ^ Baer, Jack (July 29, 2021). "Duke freshman Jalen Johnson picked 20th by Hawks after opting out of season". sports.Yahoo.com. Retrieved July 30, 2021.
  14. ^ Hill, Arthur (August 4, 2021). "Hawks Sign Jalen Johnson To Rookie Contract". HoopsRumors.com. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  15. ^ "Boston Celtics vs Atlanta Hawks Aug 8, 2021 Box Scores | NBA.com". www.nba.com. Retrieved 2021-08-08.

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