Johnson working on perimeter game

Xavier Johnson makes no mistake about his future position, as he wants to be a pure perimeter player. The 2012 Mater Dei small forward talks about his game and recruitment.

Early into his high school career, some questioned whether 6-foot-6, 205-pound 2012 Santa Ana (Calif ) Mater Dei athlete Xavier Johnson would end up as a three or a four

Johnson has made it clear that he wants to be a small forward, and he's worked on his game accordingly

"I'm a three-guard because I can shoot the ball pretty well," Johnson said "I see myself as a perimeter guard; that's just what I want to be

"I've been working on my jump shot a lot lately I've been working on being a perimeter player because in college that's what I'm going to be I've been working on a lot of perimeter moves, being strong with the ball and being able to hit a shot when it's needed "

In order to get his game to the next level, Johnson has been training with an ex-Mater Dei and Arizona star

"I've been working on my ball handling a lot; my ball handling is still a little shaky," he said "I'm working with Miles Simon on my ball handling so I can get it better I want to be a better all-around player "

Johnson has heard heavily from the west, although he's hoping for more national attention

"I have the whole Pac-10; UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Arizona, Stanford and all those schools," Johnson said "I'm trying to get Carolina and Duke but they don't really talk to me that much "

There aren't any imminent visits in Johnson's future, although he does know he wants to see a school out east

"I want to visit St. John's to see what they're about," he said "Besides that, I haven't really thought about any other schools "

When choosing a school, Johnson is hoping for a place where he can run

"I'd like an up-tempo game; if you don't have an open look you slow down to a half court set," said Johnson "I'd like a great coach; someone who can help me get to the next level "

Location isn't a problem for Johnson - "I'll go anywhere," he said - and he's in no rush to make a decision

"Probably after my senior year," Johnson said of a timetable "Whenever the deadline is I'm in no rush "

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