Higgins also considered Quinnipiac before deciding to join the Aggies.
According to Towey, "Higgins' relationship with (NMSU rising sophomore) Jahmar Young, another Baltimore native and Notre Dame alum, played a role in his decision." Aliquippa's Herb Pope is also a second-year player at State.
Higgins told reporter Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun News, "We (he and Young) have been playing together since I was 14 or 15. When we played, I was the point guard and J.Y. was the 2." Higgins' father, Melvin Bartee, told Groves that Johnny was never excited about playing in Pittsburgh but wanted to continue playing for Coach Barton.
The spring National Letter of Intent signing period ends this Wednesday, though recruits and schools can contract via an "Institutional Letter" after that date and prior to next school year.
- ScoutNYPrep.com: Prep Player Makes A College Decision
- Las Cruses Sun-News: Higgins happy to be an Aggie
- New Mixico State: Menzies Adds Higgins and N'doye to Class of 2008
- N'doye is Abdoulaye N'doye, a 7-0 center from Dakar, Senegal who attends the Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dekar.