Coaches Flock To See Johnson

While his older teammates grabbed the spotlight in the Atlanta Celtics' Super 64 title run, junior wing Noel Johnson was quickly building an impressive collection of scholarship offers.

"A lot more schools are calling me and calling my dad," Johnson said. I'm just taking it one step at a time and just trying to weigh my options out right now."

"He's being recruited by just about everyone," Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County Head Coach Andre Flynn said. "There are a lot of schools that have shown interest. Pretty much everyone that sees him has basically offered."

Among the schools showing interest are Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Michigan State, Southern California, Memphis, Arizona, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, Florida, Texas, UNLV, UCLA and North Carolina.

Despite all of the attention, Flynn said Johnson doesn't have any favorites and is listening to each school's pitch.

"He's feeling it out," the coach said. "We'll sit down here eventually and get him to five, but his parents and myself will help him. Right now he's taking everything in and he's listening and looking for a school with his style of play."

This week started the open period for college coaches and he had Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech watching him on Monday. Tuesday he expects Wake Forest, Kentucky, Louisville, Auburn and NC State. North Carolina is expected to stop by next week.

The 6-foot-7, 180-pound junior, who carries a 3.3 GPA, is a versatile prospect that is capable of playing a few positions. His coach also points out that he knows the game well.

"Noel is a quality kid with great character and great parents," Flynn said. "He's a very good student. What he's going to bring to a college other than great character is a winning attitude. He'll do whatever it takes.

"His basketball IQ is tremendous for a kid at such a young age. He can play the point at 6-7 and he'll play some point, some shooting guard and some at the small forward [for us this year]. I think he can play all three of those in college."

Johnson is ranked the No. 7 shooting guard and No. 28 overall by Scout.com in the 2009 class.


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