At 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds, Johnson doesn't quite strike fear into opponents' hearts during pre-game warm-ups, but during the game it is a different story. The ultra quick lefty had a dynamite junior season at Indianapolis (IN) North Central High School, and he saw his recruitment take off.
Johnson came into the year with offers from Ball State, Ohio, Southern Illinois, and St. Louis, but that list would double. Butler, Purdue, Dayton, and most recently Illinois all issued Johnson scholarships during and following his junior season, and ultimately his decision came down to the Boilermakers or the Illini.
In the end, AAU coach Matt Green says Johnson's decision came down to comfort.
"Ronnie just felt more comfortable with the situation at Purdue," said Green. "He has known Coach (Matt) Painter the longest and had the best relationship with them of any staff. Also Ronnie feels that he can come in right away and compete for a starting spot."
Johnson will now join his older brother, Terone Johnson, in West Lafayette. Though his brother's presence was indeed a factor in his decision, Green says Terone let Ronnie make his own decision.
"Terone basically stayed out of it," said Green. "He told Ronnie he supported him in whatever he wanted. I am sure he is very happy to have his brother share a locker room with him, but there was no pressure on him to pick Purdue."
With his college decision out of the way, Johnson is now ready to continue what has already been an impressive spring showing to follow up the high school season.
"I have been telling everybody that he was ready to blow up," said Green. "All the kid does is win and make his teammates better. I think people are really going to like what they see from Ronnie the rest of the summer."