Angelo Johnson Thriving Away From Home

Angelo Johnson struggled back in Minnesota, especially off the court. Since his arrival on the west coast at Stoneridge Prep (Calif.), the 6-foot hard-nosed point guard has enjoyed success - both on and off the court.

Angelo Johnson and his family knew he had to get out of Minnesota. So far, everything has worked out according to plan.

The 6-foot guard is in his second season at Stoneridge Prep (Calif.) after spending his first three years at North High and Patrick Henry High in Minneapolis.

``It wasn't going so well with Angelo at home," said Angelo Johnson Sr. "Academically, there were too many distractions. Now he's more focused. I wish he could live at home, but he's done better away from home."

Johnson, 18, spent two years at North High and one at Patrick Henry before re-classifying and spending a year with his mother at Christian Covenant outside of Atlanta.

Johnson then opted to go west to Stoneridge, where his academics were still a question mark and he was re-classified a second time into the Class of 2008.

``Coming out here has helped me tremendously," Johnson said. "Back home I went out a little too much, but out here I didn't know anyone. I think I do better when I'm away from home."

That's why Johnson plans to remain out of the state of Minnesota for college.

Johnson said that four schools have separated themselves thus far – USC, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Arizona.

``I'm still wide open," Johnson said.

Johnson struggled through an ankle injury early in the season, but said he feels as good down the stretch as he has all year. Johnson is a strong, tough floor leader who gets to the basket and can finish. He'll need to become more consistent with his long range shot, but he's shown the ability to knock down trifectas.

Johnson said he's still up in the air who he will play with this summer. He has played with the Howard Pulley program in the past, but he may wind up playing alongside USC commit Brandon Jennings with the Southern Cal All-Stars.

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