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One of the 2007 basketball prospects who got the attention of coaches from the University of Arkanas and many other colleges at the Nike All-America Camp was Wyoming prep combo forward James Johnson (6-8, 215).

Wyoming has not been what one would call a pipeline when it comes to rounding up players for the University of Arkansas basketball program.

But it's clear that the Razorback staff is clearly looking at a player from that state this summer.

That would be Cheyenne Central's James Johnson (6-8, 215), who no doubt is on a bunch more college lists after an MVP performance in the Nike All-America Camp All-Star Game on Sunday night.

"The week went really felt and I felt like I really played well except for maybe one game," Johnson said. "I learn a lot at this camp. You learn how good you are, what you can and can not do when you go up against great competition and how you may be the big dog at your school, but everyone here is a big dog and you can't hold back."

Johnson finish up his camp's week with 16 points and 10 rebounds as his TeamFlight lost to Team Shox, which included Arkansas native James Anderson.

"I would say that I do a lot of things well, but I am taking this summer to work on my all-around game," Johnson said. "I can handle the ball pretty well, shoot it pretty good and I am aggressive going to the board."

Arkansas, Cincinnati and Gonzaga are a few of the new teams that will make a run at Johnson, whose list of suitors entering the Nike event included Washington State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Michigan, Bradley and Boston College.

"I didn't know that Arkansas was interested in me until this week, but I am definitely going to check them out," Johnson said. "I don't know a lot about them, but I am looking forward to finding out."

He knows that not a lot of people know what it is like in Wyoming either.

"It's pretty mellow out there and you don't have to worry about too much," Johnson said. "Kids that play football - that's all they do. Kids that play basketball - that's all they do. We don't really have a lot of kids who play both sports."

He is bracing for the increased attention his Nike Camp performance will bring.

"I would say that I will either be a small four or a big three in college," Johnson said. "I know there are going to be some more people getting in. I am interested in anybody right now that is interested in me. I have no short list right now."


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