CONGRATS 2 @SonnyJohnsonJr1 4 COMMITTING & ACCEPTING a BASKETBALL SCHOLARSHIP offer frm @PennStateMBB Let's go @Corey_Albertson @BSnow247 @NEO_Spotlight @endless_motor @highmajorscoop @usatodayhss @mgoul @PrepHoopsOH @NEOhsAthletics @rodgerbohn @scoopIPS @POBScout @VerbalCommits pic.twitter.com/viGyMhyRdp— Sonny Johnson (@sonnyjohnson32) January 20, 2020
Sonny Johnson Jr, ladies and gentlemen!
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
JuCo: Garfield Heights
Weight: 150 pounds.
Ranking: NR (247 Composite)
Notable Offers: Michigan State, Kent State, Youngstown State, Wisconsin (interest)
Penn State was one of the first programs to offer the sophomore guard out of Cleveland. They were rewarded with an early commitment, something Sonny Johnson Sr said was due to how much the Nittany Lions were on him from the start.
They showed us so much love since he was on campus, and they kept pushing and saying they wanted to build around him as a point guard.
Johnson Sr. also made a point to note Penn State’s current style of play as something that attracted the guard, the fast pace and freedom given to the guards being two big points in Penn State’s favor.
Coach Chembers definitely uses a lot of ball screens, pushes the tempo, and lets his guards play. When you have a coach who lets a guard play and make decisions, there is nothing more you can ask for.
If you watched the videos above, you already know just how quick Sonny is with the ball. That ability will continue a trend speedy ball handlers for the Nittany Lions, where speed and athleticism have become increasingly important in order to maintain the uptempo identity Chambers wants for his teams.
2022 is quite a ways away, so it’s hard to tell what kind of role Sonny will carve out for the team just yet, but with likely senior Myreon Jones to learn from, Sonny’s transition to the college game should be a smooth one.
Due to an ACL tear, Sonny won’t be participating in basketball activities in the spring and summer. He’ll be back for his junior year in the fall. Don’t be surprised if that offer list grows once he comes back.
Welcome to Penn State, Sonny!