Johnson down to two

The April late signing period is fast approaching, and it appears that Kahlil Johnson may be ready to decide in a matter of days which school he will ink his name with. The 2012 Los Angeles Price High School forward visited ASU this past weekend and shared his impressions of a Sun Devil program which he has been eyeing for a while.

"It was a great visit and I learned a lot about the school," Johnson said. "I went on a visit to California and I thought their academics were way better, but Arizona State has the W.P. Carey Business College which is one of the best in the country and I want to be a Management major. The school graduates most of their players too.

"They have a very nice basketball facility, with a great weight room, training room and a gym that is open 24/7. They have really nice facilities."

The 6-7 204 Kahlil Johnson said that the Sun Devil staff was impressed by his versatility and feels that he can be an asset to the squad.

"They said I could be a mismatch for many teams," Johnson remarked. "I can post up and also shoot from the outside and spread the defense. I feel that shooting, rebounding and running the floor are my strongest skills. Dribbling is something that I really need to focus on improving to play at the next level.

"They (ASU) run a high intensity offense, and I can fit in because I run the floor well and shoot. The way they get after it really caught my eye. I knew that a couple of months ago they started recruiting with me with Coach Taylor. Since 9th grade I always wanted to attend Arizona State and be a Sun Devil and now that they're recruiting me it's beyond words."

Johnson stated that he did certainly also see some positives when he visited Cal, his other major suitor.

"They have a winning history," Johnson said, "they're known being very competitive and being the number one academic public school in the country so they're academically competitive too."

The forward wasn't satisfied with the caliber of offers he received in the fall, so he decided to wait until the late signing period which starts April 11th. It was a move that is definitely poised to pay dividends.

"Earlier in the year I got offers from Montana State and Cal State Northridge," Johnson recalled. "Now Cal, Arizona State, Utah and Duquesne have offered me. St. Mary's hasn't officially offered me but wanted me to come for a visit this week, but I don't know if I'm going to take it.

"I feel that my offers aren't going to get better than this and I have a choice between Arizona State and Cal, two very competitive schools who present a very good opportunity for me in every way. So I'm going to sit down, relax and talk it over with family and my coaches. I got a tough decision but hopefully I'm going to decide by signing day (April 11th)."

The forward said that he was looking for a school that provided the "best fit" for him in terms of getting along with the players and coaches, as well as playing in a scheme that suits his skills best.

Johnson reported senior season averages of 15 ppg and 7 rpg for the 26-9 Knights who won their CIF Division title but lost in the California State finals.

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