INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - As signing day drew near schools began to put the full court press on prospects from around the country. One of those players was 2015 wing Corey Johnson.
The 6-foot 5, 185 pound senior from Vermont Academy (VT) received interest from the likes of Nevada, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, California, Creighton, Columbia, Pennsylvania , Minnesota, Butler, and Harvard.
"Nevada, Penn, Creighton, Butler, and Harvard," Johnson listed to InsideTheDawgPound as schools that had offered throughout the process. "All others said they were going to offer after the Christmas."
In the end Johnson decided to take official visits to both Butler and Harvard. First up was a trip to Indianapolis where Johnson saw the Bulldogs take on the University of Chicago in an exhibition game.
"(The thing that stood out at) Butler was probably the love of baksetball at the school," Johnson said. "The support comes pouring in from everyone, and you could tell at the scrimmage versus Chicago that the fans truly loved Butler basketball."
The game against Chicago marked the first game after the renovations at Hinkle Fieldhouse were complete. "I was also really blown away by the facilities and Hinkle Fieldhouse. It's an amazing sight to see and it goes to show the success that this school will have in the future."
After his trip to Indianapolis, Johnson visited Harvard last weekend and in the end it was the combination of basketball prowess, Tommy Amaker's vision, and Harvard's academic reputation that swayed the standout to commit.
"The thing that stood out to me the most at Harvard was there brand of basketball," Johnson explained. "The approach that coach Amaker takes to each one of his players in both practices and games really endeared me, and the pLayers responded with the same respect in return. Another thing that stood was there style of play, I could really see myself flourishing within the Harvard system, and that's something that really intrigued me. Of course from an academics point of view, which are extremely important to me, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to receive that quality of education. Knowing that one day there will be an end to my career as a player, having that education in my back pocket definitely doesn't hurt."
While Johnson chose the Crimson, he remained thankful for the opportunity that interim head coach Chris Holtmann had given him.
"I also can't thank coach Chris Holtmann and the rest of the coach staff and team enough for having me, I really enjoyed my time at Butler and it was an amazing experience for my first visit."