In recent years, Dayton’s Dunbar High School has produced its share of basketball stars including Miami signee/JUCO All-American Mark Anderson, NBA guard Daquan Cook, and Cleveland State’s Aaron Pogue and Norris Cole. Next in line to star at Dunbar is 2010 combo guard Geron Johnson.
This past season as a junior, Geron Johnson scored 18.1 points a game and earned the Dayton City League Player of the Year award as well as 1st team All-Conference. He was also 1st team Division II Southwest Ohio All-District, 1st team Division II All-Dayton (per Dayton Daily News), and honorable mention All-State.
Johnson was unable to participate on the big stage of the state tourney. He ran into some legal trouble with a teammate of his right as the tourney was just getting underway.
Johnson admits he made an error in judgment. He wants another chance to prove that his mistake is not a true reflection of the person inside. Johnson said, “It is all past me now. I am on the straight and arrow.” Johnson said his true identity is the one that goes out of his way to talk and befriend special needs kids at his high school.
Besides staying on the “straight and arrow,” the second chance at redemption comes through focusing on basketball. Geron told RedHawk Insider that he is playing as much basketball as possible in order to keep out of trouble and to work towards a college scholarship.
This spring and summer, Johnson is playing AAU ball again with the Gem City All-stars. The team includes other Dayton area high school stars including Ryan Bass, Greg Gainey, and Jonathan Bibbs. Gem City is playing in the AAU Super Regional this weekend at the Kingdom Sports Complex in Franklin, Ohio. The team will also play in the Spiece Run-N-Slam in Ft Wayne and the King James tourney in northeast Ohio.
Standing at 6’3” and 180 pounds, Johnson describes his style of play as similar to Derrick Rose. He said, “I am an athletic slasher and smooth.” Johnson said he is working on improving his defense and the choices he makes on the court. Johnson’s versatility allows him to play the 1, 2, and 3 positions.
Johnson said the schools interested in him are “Wright State, Cleveland State, Kentucky, Miami(OH), Sinclair C.C., Duquesne, Penn State, Dayton, Minnesota, Cornell, and Auburn.” Of those, scholarships have been offered by Wright State, Cleveland State, Sinclair, and Duquesne.
Johnson has taken visits to Dayton and Sinclair and has been a guest of Kentucky for this year’s Kentucky-Auburn basketball game at Rupp Arena. Johnson is interested in Kentucky because it is “just a big school with a lot of history and I like the fast paced game.”
Johnson said he like the facilities and people at Sinclair. Of Sinclair, Johnson said, “I like the facilities, environment, and players on the team. I just got done playing basketball with Mark Anderson at the Sinclair open gym.”
As for Dayton, Johnson was impressed with the atmosphere and staff. “I like the coaches,” Johnson said. “They treat you like you are at home.” Johnson also likes how the UD fans treat the players and the facilities of UD Arena.
Johnson said three schools would be his leaders at this point: Miami, Kentucky, and Dayton.
Johnson talks with Miami assistant coach Ryan Pedon. Johnson said, “He told me I would be a good fit for the program.” Johnson has heard good things about Miami from former Dayton area RedHawk players Tutu Brown and Chris McGuire as well as current Miami senior Kenny Hayes (also from Dayton). Johnson stated, “Chris and Tutu said they liked it at Miami.”
Johnson is looking for a school where the staff will be looking out for his best interest. “I want the school to help me make good choices and help me work hard by staying on me and giving me criticisms so I get better.”
Stayed tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Geron Johnson in the future.