JaJuan Johnson's first NBA individual workout was with the team he grew up rooting for, the Pacers. On Thursday afternoon Johnson, who graduated from Franklin Central, was one of six draft prospects out to impress Team President Larry Bird.
The Pacers worked out 4 guards and two forwards, competing alongside Johnson 6-foot-9 forward Justin Harper from Richmond.
"I thought I did a really good job, Just talking and communicating on defense, could have shot a little bit better today overall I did pretty well," said Johnson.
The former Purdue star and Big 10 defensive player of the year is predicted to be picked somewhere in the second round of the draft. Johnson could certainly fall to the Blue & Gold who select 42nd overall.
"A lot of high energy, is something they really want to see. Also just being able to bang down low make that shot and be able to defend and rebound."
During the NBA's pre-draft camp in Chicago last week, 14 teams interviewed JaJuan. The interest level is high and on Friday he travels to Miami to workout for the Heat.
"Most of the teams are looking at me as a 4, but I also don't want to limit myself."
One member of the Pacer's organization missing from Johnson's workout, interim coach Frank Vogel. Even though he is the front runner for the vacant coaching position the team is still interviewing other candidates and Bird doesn't want to send the wrong message to either party.
Former Purdue star and Franklin Central grad one of six draft prospects at Conseco Fieldhouse for individual workouts
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