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    Cory Johnson

    Personally I like watching this kid. I have a few friends that went to Duluth East and they said he was fun to watch in high school and that I should keep an eye on him. I think that with some conditioning, he will become a regular starter. It was good to see him get the nod last night (at first I was skeptical about starting three freshman in both Johnsons and Dunson, however, I did like the lineup). I think alot of people are criticizing him pretty harshly about his defense in the post. Yes I have seen him get burned pretty bad down low, but minute-for-minute, he doesn't get smoked nearly as often as Jiri does down low. I think he plays with a lot of energy and his positives outweigh his negatives by quite a bit. He may only be a 6'7" presence and may occasionally get beat by a quicker 6'7" post player or a 6'11" center, but I think he gets better and better with more playing time.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    I agree, it was most refreshing to watch someone on our team play with any kind of inside presence. I wonder if his four consecutive missed FT's followed by his frustrated heave-ho didn't rattle his confidence.

    More Cory and more Wesley = Johnson 2 Johnson: Beach Justice



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    If you want to make a comparison, how would you guys compare him to Holman as a Freshman?

    They are about the same size (CJ might even be a little heavier then Holman was then but an inch shorter).

    I personally think Cory has shown more promise then Holman did but he'll have a ways to go to match Holman's progress over his 4 years.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    Quote Originally Posted by scubapohl1 View Post
    If you want to make a comparison, how would you guys compare him to Holman as a Freshman?

    They are about the same size (CJ might even be a little heavier then Holman was then but an inch shorter).

    I personally think Cory has shown more promise then Holman did but he'll have a ways to go to match Holman's progress over his 4 years.
    I'm going to assume you are talking about Jared Homan, in which case Cory is a completely different player. Homan was 6'10" or 6'11", and very much a shot blocking '5' from the first day. Cory is more of a big 3/small 4 tweener.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    Yeah even as a freshman Jared Homan was huge (6'10") and they played a different game. Homan plays as a center and Johnson is truthfully a small 4. As far as future promise.....I think they could be comparable, just in different aspect. Homan showed good promise as a dominant inside presence and I think Johnson is showing good promise of a future 4 player.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    I would love to see a lineup of:

    Taylor/McIntosh
    Clark
    W. Johnson
    C. Johnson
    Hubalek



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    Johnson 2 Johnson: Beach Justice
    Family Guy... it's an institution my friend.

    I agree that Cory should get more playing time, but he's far from a complete player, just like Homan was far from a complete player as a freshman. He does have good touch around the hoop, which in my mind is harder to teach than defense. I think Cory has a bright future because defense seems to be more of an effort skill as opposed to talent skill, and he definitly has the effort if what we've heard is true.

    Good things in the future from him.




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    Re: Cory Johnson

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    I'm going to assume you are talking about Jared Homan, in which case Cory is a completely different player. Homan was 6'10" or 6'11", and very much a shot blocking '5' from the first day. Cory is more of a big 3/small 4 tweener.

    Yes, you are correct, my bad.

    As for Homan being 6'11 as a freshman, I don't believe so. He was certianlly taller then CJ but not four inches.

    Either way, I agree Homan was a better pure 5 who was comfortable playing with his back to the basket. Doesn't seem like many kids today are taught to play pure 5 anymore. They all seem to have a need to prove they can hit the three and run the permeter like a guard (Juri, Taggart, Gray, and even Brakins). I guess the days of the 7'2" 290 pound center are drawing to a close at least as soon as Shack retires.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    Quote Originally Posted by JJ4ISU View Post
    I would love to see a lineup of:

    Taylor/McIntosh
    Clark
    W. Johnson
    C. Johnson
    Hubalek
    You've got to have two ballhandlers on the floor, or any good opposing coach would recognize the weakness and start a fullcourt trapping defense. That's why we always have two of our guards in at any given moment.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    According to his draft bio on ESPN, he's currently 6'10" 250#

    I doubt he grew any during college, but I can't say for sure.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    Homan put on a lot of weight during his college career, which is why he didn't play much his freshman/sophomore year. Once he had the size, he was a very solid center.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    Quote Originally Posted by benjay View Post
    Homan put on a lot of weight during his college career, which is why he didn't play much his freshman/sophomore year. Once he had the size, he was a very solid center.
    Once he had the size, it made it much harder to hide under an SUV.



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    Re: Cory Johnson

    Quote Originally Posted by benjay View Post
    You've got to have two ballhandlers on the floor, or any good opposing coach would recognize the weakness and start a fullcourt trapping defense. That's why we always have two of our guards in at any given moment.
    Quote Originally Posted by JJ4ISU View Post
    I would love to see a lineup of:

    Taylor/McIntosh
    Clark
    W. Johnson
    C. Johnson
    Hubalek

    Subbing Gray for C. Johnson. This was an effective lineup at times vs. UNI. I also love how Clark and Johnson were the 2 and 3 vs. UNI a lot and then were the 4 and 5 vs Iowa for a while.



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