I’ve been to a lot of games this year and I see players constantly jack the 3 ball. I guess that’s just a part of the today’s game especially with the revolution of the 3 by Stephen Curry. In a way it’s become the great equalizer because your never completely out of a game if your team can make the 3. Having players who can knock it down from deep is just so valuable now and with shooters being such a hot commodity, colleges are on the prowl for it constantly.
There are 2 players in Memphis come to mind when I think of great shooters and I want to look at both. Now I’m not saying that there are just these two guys because there are others like Sky Forrest at Lausanne and Quentin Williams at Southwind but Tyler Harris and Jordan Johnson to me are the 2 best shooters in the area. I think both are really similar in their games and the way that they approach shooting. Tyler is the smaller of the 2 but that doesn’t take away from his ability to stretch the floor better than most in the country. In fact, if I had to make a list nationally because I’ve seen the 2018 class since the 7th grade, I would say that he’s among the best shooters in the country. Johnson doesn’t come with the fanfare but he’s just as good a shot maker from 3 and all over as Harris. Former middle school coach and now Hamilton girls Coach Chris Adams knows Johnson about as well as any, he coached for him for 3 years. He says, “Jordan has always been able to shoot since he was young but what makes him such a great shooter he puts the work in in summer and he has great shooting form and balance ”
Both have really good range, Harris routinely pulls up 5-6 feet behind the line as well as Johnson. Both are really good in catch and shoot situations, off the dribble and with defenders close using assortment of step backs to the left or right to get their shots off. The thing I like most about Johnson is that he never seems rushed and he takes the good shot as opposed to the tougher shot. Harris will take the tougher shot at times but he makes them at a little bit higher clip than Johnson because of the chances that he takes.
Tyler has the ball a bit more and has a little more freedom to do more and he doesn’t have 2 other guards like Montrell Brooks or Kevon McMahan to take some of the scoring pressure off so teams tend to run 2 at him or box him. Does it stop him from getting 25-30, most nights or keep him from shooting the basketball, not a whole lot. I think he could move a little better without the basketball but at the same times he does create a lot of attention which works out for teammates. When you have to beat 1 guy off the dribble because of the focus he receives defensively, it makes life a little easier on them. Not to take away from Jordan though because even on a team with a little more talent at the guard position, Jordan commands respect with his shooting ability and I think and this is just my opinion, if you switched teams for both, stats would be similar. Tyler is at 30 right now and Jordan around 20 but I think with more attempts for a different team, that average would go to 25-26 for Johnson. Would Tyler’s number jump up if he was on Hamilton’s team? Perhaps his would as well.
I look at if the shooters shot always looks the same whether it be from 15 or 25 feet, does it look the same mechanically. I can say for both, yes in fact I think Tyler’s pull up game from inside the 3 line is maybe his strong suit and that says a lot considering how well he shoots the 3. Jordan I think might shoot it a little better than Harris from the top of the key but Harris is a little more consistent from the wing and the corner. Both can make big shots in the clutch and neither have much fear in failing because they’ve seen every situation you can see so far in their young careers as players.
In today where shooting is a premium, these 2 players are carrying the torch for 2018 in Memphis and next year, into college.