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Name: Wesley Johnson
Age: 22
College: Syracuse
Position: Small Forward / Power Forward
Height: 6-7
Weight: 195
Class: Junior
Year Minutes Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals FG% FT% 3PT%
2009-10 35.0 16.5 8.5 2.2 1.8 1.7 .502 .772 .415
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The Experts Say
Draft Prospect Preview: Johnson
Jonah Ballow caught up with DA, the editor and chief of and 7-12 PM host of the DA Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.
After sitting out the 2008-09 season and transferring to Syracuse from Iowa State, Wesley Johnson returned to the floor for an electrifying season and catapulted into Draft Lottery status. Johnson provided an immediate impact for the Orange while mirroring the game of another superstar, Carmelo Anthony. He is a prototype NBA prospect with a long wingspan and freakish athletic abilities. This year, Johnson moved up and down the floor with ease, moving past defenders at a rapid pace in the open court. There is no defensive answer for Johnson as he seamlessly works the midrange game with a step-back or pull-up jumper. He possesses explosive speed off the dribble and can finish in traffic by hammering dunks high above the rim.

By Jonah Ballow
How will he howl?
Johnson is the coveted wing player that Minnesota needs to extend defenses and increase athleticism along the frontline. The biggest selling point to draft Johnson is his versatility, the 6-7 athlete can play power forward, small forward, and quite possibly shooting guard in a couple of years as he improves ball-handling skills. Second-year point guard Jonny Flynn is ecstatic to welcome another member of the Syracuse family to Minneapolis. Minnesota fans will soon get a chance to watch a fastbreak led by Flynn with Corey Brewer and Johnson running on both sides for an intimidating offensive assault.

By Jonah Ballow
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"Johnson was the breakout player of the year this season. After sitting out last season because of transfer rules, he exploded out of the gate and never really slowed down. Johnson is a versatile swing man who can run the floor, shoot the J and play defense. He's one of the few players to average nearly two steals and two blocks per game. He should be a Top 5 pick. "

Draft Express
"Johnson fits the mold of your prototypical NBA small forward from a physical standpoint, and then some. His excellent size, length and athleticism give him a terrific base from which to build off of, and he’s really rounded out his skill-set now as well. "
"Wes has all the tools, and fits the description of your classic athletic small forward ... He's quick and slippery when maneuvering in the lane ... At 6'7, he has a huge wingspan (easily over 7' feet), and tremendous leaping abilities which allow him to rise above traffic around the rim ... He has a smooth and fluent motion on his jump shot, and gets nice elevation ..."

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