HG Insider Feature: Carlos "Scooby" Johnson

By Kaitlyn Fedor

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Class of 2020 forward Carlos “Scooby” Johnson shined in day one’s action of the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest. Johnson athleticism and finishing ability made him a tough defensive assignment. He caught up with HG Insider to talk about his experience at the Summer Jam Fest and more.

Q: This is your first time here at the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest. What’s it like to compete with teams from different circuits as well as some of the top teams in the northeast?

A: “It’s good it’s the second session of the AAU season. We are trying to make something out of it. We are coming from all the way in the Midwest so we are trying to make the best out of it. We want to get better and get ready to compete.”

Q: How was your experience the last time you were at a Hoop Group event in the Pittsburgh Jam Fest?

A: “The last one was great and I think this one may be even better. We have most of our team back from our last event so it’s going to be a different kind of run. It will be a good experience for us though.”

Q: June 15th was the first day college coaches were allowed to contact you. What schools spoke to you?

A: “Michigan, West Virginia, Butler and there was a few more.”

Q: What colleges have extended offers to you thus far?

A: “West Virginia, VCU, Cleveland State and I think a few more.”

Q: West Virginia was in to see you. What do you they like about your game?

A: “They like my high motor, I can be coached and I just won’t let up.”

Q: Michigan is another school who was in to see you? What is your relationship like with them?

A: “When I talked to the coaches there, they told me to keep working on my defense. They said my jump shot is looking good and all of that so I just have to keep working.”

Q: What’s intriguing about Butler as a potential option for you?

A: “Butler has full interest in me so I just have to go down there and visit. I’m still learning more about them.”

Q: What schools do you plan on visiting in the future?

A: “I’ll probably visit Butler, I’ll probably go down to Michigan and there’s a few more.”

Q: What do you need to do in order to take your game to another level?

A: “I would say to continue to improve on my athleticism around the rim and be more of a defender. The offense is going to come, but I think defending and being more versatile will make me a better player.”

Q: What have you learned about yourself with your time with The Family?

A: “What I learned was different teams are going to bring different kind of heat at you. We won the Peach Jam last year so there’s already a target on me. Teams have come more aggressively at us and we are learning how to react to it.”