Reflections On Recruiting And A Super Summer
Raise your hand if you had Team Texas winning the Peach Jam and Super Showcase. Didn't think so. Team Texas hit the lottery, and as a team they accomplished a lot of good things this summer. It truly was a team effort.
"We didn't start out as well as people thought we should," swingman Shelton Johnson said. "It seemed like we were the only team that improved over the summer. Playing against the competition that we played against, it made everyone look good. We worked hard."
Johnson's right, they did work hard and everyone contributed. Everyone. Reserve guard Ross DeRogatis hit the tournament-winner at Peach Jam. "Ross told us, ‘let me shoot it.' Coach wanted Josh and Bracey to shoot it. They were just sitting there. I told Bryan not to force it to Bracey because they had two people on him and one was Ross' man. I thought Bryan was going to go all the way but he kicked it out. Torin Francis and that other guy were just waiting for him to come in. Down by two and go for a three; it took a lot to take that shot."
Fond memories and a fine summer have translated into a number of interested parties. Oklahoma State, Boston College and Colorado State seem to comprise his list right now. He'll visit Colorado State Sept. 8 and then Boston College for Midnight Madness. "I'm really looking forward to going to Boston College for Midnight Madness. I think they are going to have the guys playing against each other with a dunk and 3-point contest."
He's yet to set up the trip to Oklahoma State.
Up Close With Shelton Johnson
Career Goal: Orthodontist. "I do volunteer work at this clinic. I love it. I've never had to have braces."
Toughest Opponent This Summer: Carmelo Anthony. "He's long and he can play any position he wants really. He gets to the boards and plays "D." He just plays basketball."
Best Team He Faced: Illinois Warriors. "The Illinois Warriors just fought the whole time."