2006 Focus: Joseph Johnson

Joseph Johnson, a quick point guard in the class of 2006, has three Pac-10 schools at the top of his list...

Joseph Johnson, 5-9 JR PG Gardena (Calif.) Serra, is a quick, little point guard who excels in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. Johnson has a 4.5 GPA and has already scored 1250 on the SAT.

We spoke with Johnson recently and asked him about the schools he's been hearing from.

"Oregon, Cal and Stanford are the main three -- those are my favorites," said Johnson. "Stanford was going to come to a workout at my school, but I hurt my back. So they said they'd come see me during the season -- so did Cal and Oregon."

We asked Johnson about the factors that would play a role in his decision and he replied, "Where my parents want me to go will be one thing," Johnson said. "Who the coaches are, and how I feel about them, will be another."

Johnson said location won't play a major role in his choice. "I'd like to stay close if possible, but it's not a real factor," said Johnson.

We asked Johnson about the issue of early playing time and he replied, "It's not something that really matters. As long as I can see time at some point, like by my junior year, that's what I'm looking for."

When questioned about the timing of his decision, Johnson said, "It kind of depends on who offers. If I get an offer from a school that's not high on my list, I wouldn't necessarily commit early. But if it's the right school, I could decide early."

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