Gary Johnson Has Career Game

Gary Johnson dominated a year ago at the Academy National Invitation - and a year didn't make much of a difference. It was more of the same on Wednesday afternoon for the Aldine High junior.

HOUSTON - You'll be hard pressed to find anyone in the country who plays harder than Gary Johnson.

The Aldine High (Texas) junior forward scored 37 points on Wednesday in a workmanlike effort that has become almost expected of Johnson.

``He plays so hard and is such a humble kid as well," Aldine coach Zeek Smith said. "He leads by example. He's not a verbal leader, but he has great work ethic."

The 6-foot-8 Johnson, as usual, did most of his damage in the paint. He was 16-of-22 from the field, but chose to talk about the shots he didn't miss rather than the ones he made.

``I missed more shots than usual," Johnson said. "I probably would have had 50 if I hadn't missed those shots."

Texas and Kentucky were the only schools in the gym on the first day of the Academy National Invitational watching Johnson.

Johnson said that Texas, Kentucky, Arizona, UConn and Duke are the schools that are in the mix for his services.

Johnson said he's still not 100 percent after a major knee injury that limited his play in the summer two years ago.

``Last year I was 85 percent and now I think I'm at about 90," Johnson said.


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