Big Ten Squad Adds Johnson

Anthony Johnson's about to take his reputation as a big time scorer to a program on the rise. Two years ago this Big Ten school laid its foundation, now its adding critical pieces to the long term success.

In 2007, Matt Painter laid the foundation for last year's run to the NCAA Tournament. A series of big time commitments from regional recruits like Etwaun Moore and Robbie Hummel set in motion the pieces for what was the Big Ten's top class.

Fast forward to this fall. Anthony Johnson,'s No. 32 recruit in the Class of 2010, was in the crosshairs as the Boilermakers locked in on a national level potential difference maker.

The 6-foot-3 Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young scoring whiz, recruited as a combo, brings backcourt swagger to a team looking to branch out nationally. Johnson was coveted by a number of Big Ten programs and Top 25 schools.

"They see me as a combo guard really," Johnson said. "I think can do both. If they need me to score I'll score. I can run the point too. I know to get to the next level I need to run the point with my size."

As Moore advances through the program, the Boilers will need another major scoring option and Johnson's DNA lends you to believe he's just the man to get it done. He was one of the highest scoring wings on the 16 and under traveling team circuit last spring and summer.

Johnson's impression of Purdue fueled his decision. "It's a great town. They'll be Top 10 in the country the next three years and hopefully continue on. They'll be competing for a Final Four and national championship."

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