"There's a part of me that really liked Minnesota," Johnson said. "There's a part of me that says move on and get away and have a different experience somewhere else. It was Minnesota, Iowa State and Creighton."
The Cyclones were patient with Johnson but it was clear that if he didn't take the scholarship soon they were going to have to offer some other players. Johnson was sold and committed.
"They had one scholarship left and there was kind of an opportunity," Johnson said. "They see me coming in and being an impact guy. They had plans for me; that was kind of the biggest thing. Whether or not they really want you is a big factor."
Johnson runs with the Howard Pulley Panthers and plays both forward slots on the team. He looks forward to continuing a versatile role at Iowa State.
"They're looking at me as a multi-dimensional player. They see me as a secondary option on the fast break to get into the right spot for a jump shot or a move to the bucket. They see me all over the court."
Johnson's AAU coach, Tony Yazbeck pointed out a simple fact: ISU felt right. "In the end, he felt it was the right place for him."