Back to Football After Shining In Basketball

Auburn football commitment Jeremy Johnson earned an MVP award in the AHSAA Basketball All-Star Game. He talks about that an getting ready for his senior season in this report.

Montgomery, Ala.--Auburn quarterback commitment Jeremy Johnson again showed why he is considered a bluechip prospect in two sports as he headed home with his team's Most Valuable Player award from Wednesday's Alabama High School Athletic Association All-Star Basketball Game.

The six-foot-six, 212-pound athlete from Carver High in Montgomery was an easy pick for the honor based on his performance at the event held in his hometown on the campus of Alabama State University.

Johnson led the South All-Stars with a game-high 17 points plus five rebounds, two assists and two steals, but that wasn't enough to overcome the North squad that rallied from a 14-point deficit to win the game 65-57 at the Acadome.

"Playing in the all-star game was a lot of fun," Johnson said of the event that featured players who will be seniors for the 2012-2013 season. "It was a lot of fun being around and getting to know the players I have competed against before."

On May 20th Johnson announced that he was committing to attend Auburn on a football scholarship to play for Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. He also had a scholarship offer to play basketball for Coach Tony Barbee's Tigers as well as other SEC programs.

However, the basketball forward/quarterback said his focus is on football for his senior year at Carver.

"We are going to win state this year in football, sir," he said. "There is no doubt in my mind we can do it. I am all in for it this year. We are working hard as a team.

"On Thursday it will be back to football working out with my team and I am looking forward to it," he added. "We are getting ready to compete in a seven-on-seven camp at Georgia."

Johnson is shown in football practice at Carver High.

Earlier this year Johnson led Carver to the Class 6A state championship in basketball and was named Most Valuable Player of the Final Four along the way.

"It is tough playing both basketball and football at the same time, but I am able to juggle it and I enjoy doing it," he said. "Most likely it will be all football the rest of the summer. Our team is working hard to get ready for the football season so my whole mindset is football now."

One of this teammates on the South squad for the basketball all-star game committed to the Tigers on Monday. Jason Smith, who will be a senior at McGill-Toolen High in Mobile, played guard in the game. Like Johnson, on the football field Smith is a quarterback.

"Jason and I communicate all of the time," Johnson said. "We are great friends. We talk about football a lot. I know he wants a shot at playing quarterback and we talk about that. It is a friendly thing. We are both just going to compete."

Johnson jams home two points during Carver's run to the 2012 state championship.

On the subject of competition, Johnson said he enjoyed competing against Wenonah High School standout Derunnya Wilson, the North team's MVP on Wednesday night. Wilson, a six-foot-six forward who led his team to the Class 5A state championship this past season, scored 15 points and pulled down a dozen rebounds.

"Derunnya is a good player," Johnson says. "We talk a lot about who is the best. Right now I will give it to him. He is a great player. It is tough to guard him."

Asked what he enjoyed most about the all-star week, the Carver star said, "Staying in a dorm with the other guys and getting to know them was my favorite part. It was great being around the guys."

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