Johnson Focused On Winning Title

Scout.com caught up with Ricardo Johnson at the Laurel County Hoopfest this past weekend, and the versatile guard updated us on his recruitment.

The state of Kentucky isn't exactly known for pumping out basketball talent, but they've got a pretty solid 2010 class, and among the most intriguing recruits in the state is 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard Ricardo Johnson.

A standout at Covington (Ky.) Holmes, Johnson is a guy that a number of college coaches are starting to take a peak at because of his size and ability to play a handful of positions.

At times Johnson plays a point-forward type role for Holmes, which is one of the favorites to win the state title. He handles the ball well, is an above average athlete and plays a smart brand of basketball.

This past weekend at the Laurel County Hoopfest, Johnson helped Holmes to a 69-62 win over Largo. After a decent first half, he stepped it up in the second frame on his way to a 10-point night.

Although there weren't any college coaches in attendance on Saturday, there have been a number of schools in to see the talented junior prospect this year.

Cincinnati, Xavier, Kentucky, Indiana, Western Kentucky and Louisville have been in. Johnson also mentioned that he's also receiving attention from Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Mississippi.

"Right now it's kind of slow down with the NCAA starting," Johnson said of his recruitment. "During the summer I got a lot of calls but now it's started to slow down."

To date Johnson, doesn't hold a single offer. He did, however, take a recent unofficial visit. Johnson and his high school teammate Elijah Pittman made the hour drive to Lexington (Ky.) to take in a Kentucky basketball game.

"It was the first time I had been to Rupp Arena," he said. "[There were] 22,000 there. "When I went to midnight madness there was a big crowd. It was pretty cool."

While the attention from college coaches is there, Johnson's focus is elsewhere for the time being.

"I'm focusing on trying to get better," Johnson said. "I'm trying to win a state championship and I still have a year of high school left."


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