Johnson Bros. Part Ways

About a year ago, Kendrick and Calvin Johnson committed to Texas Tech. However, after the two parted ways with the Red Raiders, they will also part ways with one another when they head off to college.

After it appeared at one time that both Kendrick and his younger brother, Calvin Johnson, would be playing in college together, now the duo will be going their separate ways.

Kendrick Johnson, a 6-10, 235-pound senior at Morton High (Texas), has signed with Georgia.

``I loved everything about it," said Kendrick, who saw the school during an AAU tournament this past summer. "It was one of the best campuses I've been to. I really liked it, but at the time I didn't think I'd ever be going there."

``They graduate all their players and the main thing I'm going to college for is to graduate," he added. "I'm using basketball as a way to get into college."

Actually, Kendrick and Calvin, who is one year younger than his brother but in the same grade, thought they'd be playing at Texas Tech. However, after word got out that the pair were talking about other schools, the Red Raiders were no longer an option.

So, the brothers re-opened their recruitment, which ended with Kendrick signing with Georgia and the 6-2, 195-pound Calvin signing with Santa Clara.

``I like it. It's a good school and I like their basketball program," Johnson said. "It's a good fit for me. They're losing guards and I can make a difference in the program."

Calvin Johnson also considered Hawaii, South Alabama and San Jose State while Kendrick took recent visits to Minnesota and Virginia Tech.

``It was great to get it over with," Kendrick said. "It was a long, long situation. It's hard for both of us because we've been together all our lives. We're going to miss each other."

``It feels pretty good with everything that happened with Texas Tech," Calvin added. "People thought we were bad kids, but something good came out if this. Maybe it just wasn't meant to be at Texas Tech."

Kendrick Johnson completes a Georgia class that is arguably the best in school history. It also includes standout in-state guards Louis Williams and Mike Mercer, forward Terrence Woodberry and Florida big man Rashaad Singleton.


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