Right now he describes himself as wide open and can rattle off a number of schools he likes.
Like many of the players with his size and skills, Johnson wants to play on the perimeter…but not exclusively. He is not afraid to play inside. All too often taller players only want to play the three, but Johnson takes so much pride in being a combo-forward that he has made it a priority in recruiting.
"I must be able to play power forward and small forward," Johnson said, describing what he is looking for in a school.
While he is open about wanting to be a versatile player, he is also very honest about the importance of playing right off the bat. He makes no bones about the NBA being a goal and feels that playing early will help him prepare for the league.
"I would want to go into a program that I could contribute to as a freshman," Johnson said. "That would boost my NBA stock."
Since he plays for the Houston Hoops, there is a natural tie with the Wildcats. Team founder Hal Pastner is the father of Wildcat assistant Josh Pastner. Current teammate Nic Wise has pledged to the Cats, while former teammate Fendi Onobun is slated to play for the Cats next season.
Needless to say Johnson is familiar with the program.
"I'm surrounded by Arizona guys every day, and I have a good relationship with Josh Pastner," Johnson explained. "I love Lute Olson, Jawann (McClellan) and all those guys."
Although he is Scout.com's No. 6 PF in the 2007 class, Johnson admits he needs to work on several aspects of his game. He notes that his shooting, ball-handling and perimeter defense all need work. He is honest in the assessment that his inside game is ahead of his outside game at this point.
Matt Messina contributed to this story
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