Chris Johnson Headed to SEC

Chris Johnson wasn't exactly a household name heading into the spring and summer, but the long 6-11 Virginia native played well enough to earn a scholarship offer from his dream school.

Chris Johnson always great up wanting to play at LSU after big men like Shaquille O'Neal and Stromile Swift played for the Tigers. Now the 6-11 senior, who is headed to Laurinburg (N.C.) this season, has realized his dream.

``I always wanted to go there after watching Shaq and Swift on TV," Johnson said. "They called, I went on a visit and I fell in love with the school."

LSU caught a glimpse of Johnson, a Virginia native who averaged 22 points per game as a senior at Colonial Beach High last season, at ABCD camp, but the thin big man was playing out of position in the middle. Johnson is more comfortable on the wing.

``He's a three," said Tony Squire, Johnson's traveling-team coach. "LSU came to Vegas mostly to see Shawn Taggert and they fell in love with Chris. Our nickname for Chris is Iceman II because he's a long, lankier version of George Gervin. He can score in the post, but he's better at taking you off the dribble and shooting it from the outside."

The Tigers and head coach John Brady watched Johnson in Las Vegas and offered a scholarship immediately after. Johnson visited Baton Rouge last weekend and committed shortly thereafter.

Johnson, whose half-brother is James Madison freshman guard Joe Posey, is versatile offensively, but he'll need to put bulk on his 185-pound frame before he gets to the SEC.


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