2010 Intro: Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson has a lot going for him. He plays for a loaded high school team, is one of the better guards in the 2010 class and already holds a pair of scholarship offers. Scout.com recently caught up with the talented guard.

The Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young roster is full of divison-1 talent and they have a few seniors set to play college ball next year, but arguably the best prospect on the team is sophomore Anthony Johnson.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound combo guard is a talented scorer that is capable of catching fire from mid-range and behind the three-point line. Despite his lethal scoring attack, Johnson barely averages double figures because of Whitney Young's depth.

"It's really hard because you could be on one game and killing, but then another game you don't know who is on, so really it's just trying to find the hot hand," Johnson said. "Sometimes everybody is hot and we just try and move the ball throughout."

"We try to compare ourselves to the Florida team when they had [Joakim] Noah and [Corey] Brewer and how good they were," he continued. "They all averaged 10 or 12 points a game and that's kind of how we are."

Although he doesn't get nearly as many shots as he would on a normal high school team, Johnson loves being a Dolphin and since joining the squad he's picked up some tricks from the seniors.

"Playing with A.J. Rompza and Bryan Hall, they are both great leaders, so they are teaching me some things. They've helped me a lot and we are just trying to take it game-by-game."

Johnson Plays A Big Role For Dolphins
"I think I've learned a lot leadership wise and I think I've improved," Johnson said. "I think I've improved everything about my game a little bit. I just got to keep working hard so I can get everything better and better."

To go with Johnson, Rompza and Hall, Whitney Young has a top 75 junior in Chris Colvin, Michael Jordan's son, Marcus, and a host of other young prospects.

"It's very fun and it's exciting," Johnson said about playing for the Dolphins. "In grammar school you have to be the guy and all of the pressure is on you, but here there is everybody and it takes the pressure off of you."

With so much talent, college coaches are a constant at Whitney Young games and Johnson has certainly had his fair share of coaches watching him. Two schools have even put offers on the table.

"Recruiting is going really good right now," Johnson said. "I don't know all of the schools. I do know that Illinois and Notre Dame have offered me and then there's Purdue and UCLA and schools like that, but I don't know the full list. My parents keep all that stuff."

Although it's still early in the process, Johnson has taken an unofficial visit to Purdue and he's thought about trips to Ohio State and Marquette. Illinois is in the mix as well, but he's worried about their roster.

"I like Illinois a lot, but they got so many guards," Johnson said. "If they didn't have so many guards I think I'd like to go there, but it's really hard right now because they have so many guards, so I'm just going to wait."

"I like them a lot don't get me wrong, but it's hard," he continued. "Illinois is definitely still a possibility. Illinois and Notre Dame are probably my top schools, but all the other schools that are recruiting me are all in the mix."

Despite his recruitment taking off, Johnson is still trying to focus on the high school season. The Dolphins are back in action on Tuesday against North Lawndale, who beat them earlier in the month.

Whitney Young, who is 17-3 overall, still has a bunch of tough games on their schedule, including a trip to New Jersey for the Prime Time Shootout, where they'll lock up with Greg Monroe and Harvey (La.) Helen Cox.

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