The King James Shooting Stars didn’t make the trip to Ft. Wayne for the Spiece Run N Slam, but point guard Markell Johnson decided he didn’t need a weekend off. Because of that the freakishly athletic Johnson suited up with Ohio Basketball Club, and he has put on a show so far.
At 6-foot-1 Johnson isn’t the biggest guard in the world, but his athleticism and quickness are off the charts which allows him to get into the lane whenever, and he has been a scoring machine all weekend.
About his play so far this spring, Johnson said, “It is going good. I am working on my jump shot, and also just being a better facilitator.”
On the recruiting trail Johnson has been one of the most popular targets this spring for high-major coaches from coast to coast.
“I have been talking to West Virginia, Kansas some, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Louisville, Washington, Xavier, and Florida,” said Johnson. “West Virginia, Xavier, and Washington were my last three offers.”
About the offer from West Virginia, Johnson said, “It was a great feeling to get a West Virginia offer. They are in a tough conference and they have a legendary coach like Bob Huggins so it was nice to get that.”
When it comes to Xavier offering, Johnson said, “I like Xavier a lot. I am an Ohio kid, so it is only 3 hours away and I know Coach (Chris) Mack and Coach (Travis) Steele would take care of me so it seems like it would be a good situation.”
The offer from Washington came right after the spring open period, and Johnson says it was good to hear from Lorenzo Romar.
“I had a conversation with the head coach for the first time and they offered me, so that was big,” noted Johnson of Washington.
While those were his three newest offers, Johnson has probably heard most consistently from Ohio State and Virginia Tech.
About the Buckeyes, Johnson said, “I mean I don’t even know with Ohio State. They talk to me a lot, so that is good, but I don’t know a lot since they just took a couple of guys in the backcourt.”
When it comes to the Hokies, he responded, “Virginia Tech is good. My mom likes it there, and they have a good coaching staff, so I am real interested in them.”
Johnson is about a month away from graduation, but he has no visits lined up, and still is working on figuring out if he will be in the 2016 or 2017 class.
About his future, Johnson simply said, “I don’t know yet. I don’t have a plan yet. I haven’t decided on 2016 or 2017.”