One of the best pure shooters in this year's draft class, Ravern Johnson had a solid showing at the Portsmouth Invitational, averaging 16.7 points per game on 40% three-point shooting (8-for-20) and 51% overall.
A fairly cut and dry prospect from an NBA perspective, Johnson does one thing extremely well and doesn't consistently contribute much elsewhere, as evidenced by his shallow stat line as a senior. Possessing superb shooting mechanics with a high release and incredibly quick release speed, Johnson is a threat to put the ball in the basket whenever the ball is in his hands.
Capable of scoring equally well moving off the ball or pulling up off one or two dribbles, Johnson has little trouble getting separation and is a good shooter on the move. He's at his best with open spot-up jumpers, something he didn't get many opportunities to do as a senior, which weighed down his overall percentages. According to Synergy, of the 245 halfcourt jump shots Johnson attempted, only 48 of them were of the unguarded catch-and-shoot variety, of which he scored 1.44 points per shot on (compared to 1.02 overall).
Looking to the NBA, Johnson's ability to move off ball and put up quick shots when the ball comes his way could make him an intriguing option as a shooting wing, while his physical profile is solid as well, as he possesses good length and at least average quickness and explosiveness. He still is sporting a very weak build, having little bulk to his frame, weighing in at a ridiculous 170 pounds, barely out-weighing players eight inches shorter than him, but for his style of offense, it doesn't hinder him much.
The biggest question mark for Johnson is what he can contribute when he isn't knocking down shots, as he hasn't shown much throughout his college career. Not a particularly strong passer, rebounder, or slasher, Johnson serves virtually only as a floor spacer when the ball isn't in his hands. Developing more propensity for off-ball cuts and offensive rebounds would be helpful, as he has the athleticism, but would probably require strengthening his frame.
The biggest short-term improvement Johnson could make is really buckling down on defense and putting his length and lateral quickness to good use, something he hasn't done frequently in his career. Showing little commitment to fundamentals and focus overall, Johnson often goes through the motions on this end of the court, which was mostly the case at Portsmouth. Once again, however, any improvements Johnson can make will ultimately be hindered somewhat by his lack of strength, something that will also need to be addressed.
Looking forward, Johnson does one thing extremely well with his shooting, while also having better length and athleticism than most other shooting specialists in the late second round to undrafted range of this draft. His lack of contributions elsewhere may ultimately hold him back, but he could find himself on a roster eventually if a team likes his shooting enough to try and work with the other areas of his game.