All Things Chloe Johnson Recruitment Thread (Class of 2028 Gophers Offered)

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Chloe Johnson | Class of 2028 | 5-10 guard

EYBL: All Iowa Attack (17U) | HS: Marshall, Duluth, Minn.

It’s one thing for a rising eighth grader to be on the floor with players four years older and not look out of place. It’s another thing entirely when that eighth grader doesn’t look out of place even though they’ve only practiced three times with the team. That’s the case with Johnson, a rising eighth grader from Duluth, Minn., who got connected with All Iowa Attack before nationals and slotted right in for with the team that made a run to the title game.

Johnson has obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety and said playing basketball helps her relax, so she looks forward to three- or four-hour workouts and pouring herself into that time. Though her baseline stats from Nike Nationals won’t blow your socks off (she averaged just over eight points in 17 minutes a game), take notice of her shooting percentages: 54 percent from the floor and 50 percent from beyond the arc. She holds only two offers so far — Minnesota and Gardner-Webb — but she’s going to be a top-five player in her class if her trajectory continues. Johnson will be the next elite guard out of the state of Minnesota.
 

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Sounds like we have some great talent coming up.
 

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This is from earlier this summer, but a nice write up on Chloe. (Subscribed content)
 

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In our experience, that happened when players lost somebody to a USA team (FIBA, etc…) or illness. If Fury and Tartan were full, they wouldn’t have room to take on a new player. Or they may have offered her a position on the lower team. But since All Iowa Attack had a spot on their top team, a smart player would jump at that.
 



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If you aren't familiar with Chole's story, this is worth a read, she sounds like an incredible young woman. I think the STrib is working on a big profile of her as well:

Some scouting services and writers have already tabbed Johnson as the top-rated player in the country in the Class of 2028. Although we don’t have a handle on others who might contend for such an honor nationally, we’re not going to dispute their assessment. What’s more remarkable, however, is the fact that Johnson plays basketball at all. Given where Chloe was just a few years ago when she was “discovered” at the YMCA in Duluth, it’s something of miracle.

At that point, Heather and Greg Johnson were at their wit’s end. Their daughter Chloe was suffering the far-reaching effects of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a mental health condition in which people have recurring ideas, thoughts or obsessions that are beyond their control. OCD can have a devastating effect on daily life. Chloe, for example, would wash her hands over and over and over until they bled. She also had severe anxiety and was diagnosed with Selective Mutism. The Johnsons were planning to take their mostly silent daughter to the East Coast for weeks of intensive therapy. Then they went to the Y and met Dyami Starks.

Soon after the child began channeling her struggles into the game, pouring the same degree of effort and energy that had been directed in harmful ways into a new-found passion. It wasn’t long before it became obvious that Johnson’s basketball development was beyond exceptional. Chloe’s skill level soared and her life slowly evolved in a positive direction.

Now Chloe spends hours each day in the Johnson’s home gym, working with Dyami and on her own. Teach her a skill on Friday afternoon and by Saturday morning the 13-year-old has it mastered. Show her some basketball video and her comprehension of the concepts discussed is nearly immediate. She makes 200 threes a day and sometimes shoots in complete darkness. It’s uncanny. Basketball has become Chloe’s safe space, a refuge of peace and contentment. The result is what we see today. On the court she’s truly remarkable, off the court she’s just as special.

As a result, Johnson can do things with a basketball that the vast majority of us cannot. The way she sees the floor. How she handles the ball. The passes she makes. The sense of timing and pacing. The super soft release. The advanced understanding of the game and her place in it. She’s just different.

After playing mostly with boys two and three years older, Johnson is now the anchor on both the Starks 15U and 17U squads. She played 17U last year as a 6th grader and was outstanding. Teams routinely double-team the big guard and game plan around her abilities time and again. The other girls get physical. They also get frustrated. And sometimes – like on Sunday morning – the shots don’t fall.


Go Gophers!!
 

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In terms of her recruitment, is there any significance to her playing late this year for All Iowa Attack, instead of North Tartan, Minnesota Fury etc.?
She has been asked to play for both MN programs on top teams. She picked AIA because of the coach, Dickson Jensen. She’s drawn to excellence and he expects the best from his kids on and off the court. He’s tough, doesn’t play games and pushes her to her absolute limits. He is so good for her. Her trainer and former AAU coach, Dyami Starks, encouraged her to make the move before Nike Nationals, as EYBL (where she always wanted to play) finally felt right after meeting Dickson.
 




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Really good read. As a Twin Cities Cyclone alumni I remember that Jake Sullivan feature on his OCD. Most of us regular Cyclone fans had no idea what Sullivan was dealing with when he played at Iowa State until that Star Trib feature in 2019. It's so good to still have a real and independent newspaper here in the Twin Cities. Pretty cool that a fellow Minnesotan sharing his story helped.
 

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Another feature from the Star Tribune, this time a video. Man, it is an excellent one to, better than anything you see produced by our local TV channels. This is national video level quality production.

 



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Another feature from the Star Tribune, this time a video. Man, it is an excellent one to, better than anything you see produced by our local TV channels. This is national video level quality production.

Jake was a great kid, great player, and is a very good young man!
 




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