Those people were wrong.
During the past year Johnson has eliminated any doubt that he is one of the truly elite prospects in the 2014 class.
"My calling card is playing hard and things tend to work out," Johnson said. "Over the years I've improved my athleticism and become a much better shooter and ball-handler and made the transition to the wing. But again, none of that is possible without outworking other guys on the court."
Johnson will take his hard working ways to one of five schools.
"Arizona has been recruiting me from the very beginning," he said. "Coach Miller is great and the rest of the coaching staff with Book, Pasternack and Damon is top-notch. It's just a great place and you can see why they're getting the players they are getting.
"Kentucky is Kentucky. Coach Calipari gets about anyone he wants and it really makes me feel good that he has made me a priority. His record for putting guys in the NBA is second to none, and hopefully I could add to that.
"USC is kind of the new kid on the block, but their staff is awesome and I really think they're going to improve the LA hoops scene, just a matter of time.
"At Florida, Coach Donovan has been great for a long time and runs a tempo that anyone would want to play in. I'm definitely excited for that visit to see everything for myself.
"At Oregon, there is early playing time available and it's obviously a school that is on the rise. I'm finding out more about them, so the visit will be important."
Although he still has to take five visits, Johnson has an idea of when he would like to end his recruitment.
"Right now, I'm looking at deciding sometime around the middle of the season," Johnson said. "That could be pushed back toward the end of the season, but I'm getting closer to being ready to decide on a school."