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January 3, 2014 at 7:06 PM

The One that got away

Freshman forward Aaron Gordon has helped Arizona to a No. 1 ranking and a 14-0 record. (Photo credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports)

Freshman forward Aaron Gordon has helped Arizona to a No. 1 ranking and a 14-0 record. (Photo credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports)

TUCSON, Ariz. – They were going to be stars for the Huskies.

At least that was the plan hashed out when Nigel Williams-Goss, Darin Johnson and Aaron Gordon visited Washington together on a recruiting trip last September.

Williams-Goss, the prototypical floor general, was going to zip passes to Johnson, the sweet-shooting wing, on the perimeter for three-pointers. And Williams-Goss was supposed to flip alley-oop lobs to Gordon, the crazy athletic forward, for highlight jams.

“That’s what you do on those trips,” Williams-Goss said. “You do kind of look into the future and say maybe we can do this or do that.

“But we all know we each have to make the best individual decision for ourselves.”

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December 4, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Video: Darin Johnson on San Diego State

In the video (above), freshman guard Darin Johnson talks about Washington’s new defense, adjusting to college basketball and Sunday’s game at San Diego State. Last year Johnson and former Sheldon High teammates Dakarai Allen and D’Erryl Williams visited SDSU and considered committing to the Aztecs as a three-player package. Allen and Williams chose San Diego State.

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November 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Darin Johnson rises above Pac-12 freshmen in stellar debut

If you were putting together a Pac-12 preseason all-freshman team (see below), it probably wouldn’t include Washington guard Darin Johnson. However, the 6-5 guard from Sacramento’s Sheldon High scored more points in his debut than any other freshman in the conference. Johnson finished with 16 points on 5-for-15 shooting from the field and a 5-for-5 performance…

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July 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Darin Johnson showing offensive firepower

You never know what you’ll get at the Northwest Collegiate Summer League.  Games are played Mondays and Wednesdays and some nights NBA players such as Isaiah Thomas and professional players like Justin Dentmon and Matthew Bryan-Amaning will make an appearance.

But mostly the NCAA-sanctioned league is a showcase and training ground for college players. This year Washington, Seattle University and Seattle Pacific are participating and since this is a UW blog, we’ll focus on the Huskies.

There were four games this week, but the most interesting matchup was Monday’s nightcap that included a Suns team comprised of UW freshmen Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor against a Nets squad led by UW walk-on Quinn Sterling.

The Nets dominated in a 72-55 victory with Sterling adding 12 points. He’s a lights-out shooter, especially when his feet are set. Off the dribble, he’s not nearly as effective and he’s limited athletically.

Taylor finished with four points in loss. He’s exciting to watch because he’s all energy and hustle. A couple of summer league coaches raved about his leadership skills and ability to accept coaching. Taylor is a prototypical undersized point guard. At 5-11, he’s always one of the quickest players on the floor. He doesn’t shy away from contact and stands his ground against bigger guards. However, at times the 160-pounder is at a size disadvantage when he’s forced to defend forwards in the paint. If he’s in a defensive scheme that switches on picks, then he could be exposed.

Still Taylor is at his best on the defensive end because he’s got a bulldog mentality. On Monday his perimeter shot was erratic. He struggled on pick-n-rolls, which is bound to happen in summer league games. And he had more turnovers (five) than points. Taylor has to improve his college three-pointer much like Thomas and Dentmon did during their careers at UW.

Johnson was the best player on the floor and the star of the night. He scored a game-high 21 points. He stood out because of a diversified offensive attack. He did a little bit of everything. On three occasions in the first half, he got to the rim with a beautiful spin move in the lane and finished with his left hand. Twice in the second half, he used his dribble to separate from a defender and drained long jumpers. He was also adept using screens at the high post to create offense for himself.

Johnson is a fluid player who doesn’t look like he’s exhorting much energy. He tends to glide across the floor. But he’s also surprisingly athletic and grabbed a couple of rebounds in traffic.

On Monday Johnson didn’t make many high-flying plays above the rim. Not sure if that’s in his repertoire. However, he looked like somebody who might help the Huskies offensively next season.

Washington, which lost three of its top four scorers, needs players who can score. It’s easy to imagine Johnson filling a spot in the rotation as an offensive-minded spark plug off the bench. Not sure how the 6-4 guard can start in a backcourt that will likely feature C.J. Wilcox, Andrew Andrews and Nigel Williams-Goss. It also remains to be seen if Johnson can rebound and defend well enough to warrant significant minutes. Terrence Ross is arguably the most gifted offensive UW player in the past decade, but he struggled to stay on the floor as a freshman because his defensive struggles.

Here’s a quick Q&A with Johnson from Monday.

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May 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Videos: UW recruits at West Coast All-Star Classic

Six future Pac-12 players competed in Saturday’s inaugural West Coast All-Star Classic at the ShoWare Center. None scored more points than Bothell High’s Zach LaVine, who is headed to UCLA, and California-bound Jordan Matthews. They each had 19 points and Arizona-bound Elliott Pitts had 11 to help the West team to a 123-121 victory. Washington incoming freshman…

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April 1, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Darin Johnson, Zach LaVine highlight hoops showcase

Washington incoming freshmen Darin Johnson and Jahmel Taylor headline the lineup in the inaugural West Coast All-Star Classic, which will be played 6 p.m. Saturday May 11 at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Zach LaVine (UCLA) highlights a list of Seattle players committed to playing in the hoops showcase including: D.J. Fenner (Nevada), Tucker Haymond (Western…

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January 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

The next great Husky guard?

Darin Johnson’s smile grew big and wide as he recited the lineage of Washington guards playing in the NBA. “Isaiah (Thomas), Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy, Terrence Ross, Tony (Wroten),” he said last night. “I just want to be a part of that.” It’s an exclusive fraternity and it remains to be seen whether Johnson, a 6-5 and…

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