EL CERRITO, Calif. -- It may have taken a while for Carlos Johnson to finally get on the floor for El Cerrito (Calif.), but when he did on Tuesday night, he scored 17 points and pulled down 15 boards in a 70-48 win over visiting Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds in the Gauchos’ home gym.
“That comes easy; I should be getting double-doubles every game,” said the 6-foot-4, 220-pound bruiser. “When I get it, that’s just another milestone. I’ve got to work harder and harder, every game.”
Johnson got ample rest at the end of the first quarter and for over three minutes in the start of the second, since this was his first time on the floor this season, but he didn’t appear too fatigued.
“I’m just getting back out, running, so I got a little tired, and I’ll be back against [San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty] on Saturday,” said Johnson, who’s set for a clash with the Monarchs’ own 2016 star in Ben Kone.
Johnson got his double-double within the first two minutes of the third quarter, and shot 7-for-13 from the floor in his El Cerrito debut.
Utah State, UNLV, Arizona, San Francisco, Weber State (who’s coming “really hard”) and California are among his top suitors at the moment, with the Bears perhaps holding an early lead for the 2016 stud, as he’s been to several games at Haas Pavilion this season. In fact, the founder of the Oakland Soldiers (who Johnson plays for) – Hashim Alauddeen – who is currently working on his doctorate at Cal, was also in attendance.
“Cal, I like Cal a lot,” said Johnson. “I don’t know where I’m going yet. Hopefully, sometime around this time next year, I’ll know for sure. Cal’s up there, though.”
Johnson said that he will be at another Cal game as soon as he can.
“Of course,” he said. “Front row. I just got cleared to play, so I’ve got to focus on the team right now, but I’ll see Cal soon.”