Marcus Johnson Off Board

St. Vincent-St. Mary (Ohio) will always be known as the school that produced LeBron. However, the Akron high school's current star, Marcus Johnson, made his decision on Thursday and is headed to the A-10.

Marcus Johnson had a chance to play for a couple teams in the Big East, but at the end of the day, he went with a school that he felt gave him the best opportunity to succeed: Dayton.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior wing from St. Vincent-St. Mary's (Ohio), the same school that produced LeBron James, gave Flyers coach Brian Gregory a verbal commitment on Thursday.

``It's close to home and I felt out of all the schools recruiting me, Dayton was the best opportunity for me," Johnson said. "I can come in and play right away as a freshman, I like the coaching staff, they have great facilities and they've been the school recruiting me the hardest."

Johnson is an explosive athlete who averaged 23.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior. Dayton will graduate three guards this season, so it's likely Johnson will be given every chance to come right in and get major minutes.

``He's a scorer who plays from the wing," SVSM coach Dru Joyce said. "He's more of a slasher. Everyone recognizes his athleticism, but each year he's become a more complete player. Everyone says he can't shoot it, but he really can. He'll never be a kid who will sit back and feel he's arrived. He's going to work real hard to get it done." ``He's a good fit and will have a good career at Dayton," added Joyce.

Johnson also considered offers from Pittsburgh, Providence, St. Bonaventure and Xavier.

``I didn't want to have to go through the beginning of the school year worrying about the decision," Johnson said. "I wanted to get it out of the way and I knew where I wanted to go."

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