Oak Hill's Johnson Commits

Brian Johnson's recruitment is over. On Thursday, the power forward from Oak Hill ended the suspense and told TheInsidersHoops.com that he's got a decision.

In the end, Louisville was the place for him and No. 28 senior Brian Johnson picked Rick Pitino's Cardinals over Notre Dame and Georgia Tech.

"I just recently sat down and thought about it and came to the conclusion that I wanted to go to Louisville," Johnson said.

The Cardinals had been searching for a big man all year long and Johnson fits the bill. He's coming off and injury (and he's feeling much better now) and should be healthy after his MCL tear. He understands the commitment and is ready to get to work with the Cardinals.

"I heard he works his guys and I need the competition that I'll be going against every day. I'm not at the level I want to be as far as my game. I want to improve and go to another level with it. I figured that coach Pitino will help me out."

Louisville is starting to assemble some talent. Not just NCAA first round talent either. We're talking take a run at the big game talent. "Coach Pitino said that with the players they have coming in he feels that we can win a national championship."

The final piece to that puzzle – as everyone knows – is Sebastian Telfair. "I really feel that he's coming to Louisville. Some people push him to go to the NBA. I think he'll do one, maybe two years."

Regardless, Johnson is coming and he's ready to work. There's no doubt that he's motivated too. After a superb Nike Camp, he struggled some later in the summer but there was a reason. Johnson's knee started acting up. "It was tough for me because I wasn't used to having injuries. I was trying to come back as fast as I could."

Now, he's back and daily he's matched up with some great high school players. "Guarding Josh Smith everyday and Dayshaun Wright, that's helping me out."

And next year in Louisville, he's going to be a big help to the Cardinals.

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