Bryan Penn Johnson
(UPDATED MARCH 19, 2018)
Perhaps the most anticipated commitment is that of 4-star 7-foot-0 215 pound center Bryan Penn-Johnson. Penn-Johnson is an outstanding athletic big who rounds out the 2018 recruiting class for the Washington Basketball team in so many ways.
His arrival reinforces the ranks of 6-foot-11 Sam Timmins, 6-foot-11.5 Nate Roberts, and 6-foot-8 Noah Dickerson. And with the addition, gives Coach Mike Hopkins the complete roster necessary to run the 2-3 zone defense the right way.
Penn-Johnson compliments the skillsets of each of the other three bigs on the roster. But he does more. He is his own shotmaker. With the spacing created with the additions of point guard Elijah Hardy, the perimeter shooting of Jamal Bey, and the rim protection of Nate Roberts, Bryan Penn-Johnson becomes that mid-range to basket player who intimidates the opponent by sheer size and skill.
In the end, the 2018 recruiting class does not “fix” everything, nor does it create the perfect team for Coach Hopkins 2-3 zone defense. But inches this team closer to the mark. And the team whiich eagerly awaited the decision of center Bryan Penn Johnson was rewarded for its patience. . With the Washington Basketball team getting an NIT invitation in Coach Hopkins first season, the hope is that he will be intrigued with playing in the paint for the Huskies.