Reports: N.Y.'s Sean Johnson picks Duquesne

Long Island shooting guard Sean Johnson didn't mention Duquesne during recruiting interviews until mid-April, after the Jordan Brand Classic. Just long enough for Johnson, with at least 14 other Division I programs pursuing him, to decide that this Atlantic 10 Conference school was the right one.

Monday, both Five Boro Sports and Gotham Hoops Scouting reported that Sean Johnson will be attending Duquesne University.

    At present, Duquesne has 12 returning scholarship players and one signed recruit 6-foot-6, 215-pound Pittsburgh native Andre Marhold from North Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina, set to take over the spot (can't use replace in this case) held by All-Atlantic 10 multi-purpose guard Aaron Jackson.

    That leads to the question that's been on DU fans' mind for a month or so: is everyone coming back? Apparently, Duquesne is one over the 13 scholarship maximum set by the NCAA. Apparently ...

    According to the academic calendar, Wednesday, May 6th, is the final day of exams with graduation on Friday (official date) and Saturday (diploma ceremonies). An announcement within a week is likely.

After the Jordan Brand Classic regional game, where Johnson had 23 points, five rebounds and two assists in helping the City team win, 129-120, he told Mike Sullivan that three schools has recently entered the recruiting mix: Duquesne, Nebraska and Central Michigan. Schools that had been recruiting the 6-foot-2, 175-pound shooting guard included Fordham, Manhattan, George Mason, Northeastern, Quinnipiac, LIU Brooklyn, Fairfield, Houston.

According to Five Boro Sports, Johnson knew what he was going to do when he visited Duquesne this past Thursday, though he consulted with his coach and parents before pulling the string.

Johnson averaged 22.4 points per game at the perennially top notch program, Christ the King in Middle Village, N.Y. He was named the CHSAA Class AA league's MVP.

Duquesne finished the 2008-09 season with a 21-13 record, losing at Virginia Tech in two overtimes in the first round of the NIT, the Dukes' first post-season trip since the 1993-94 season when they were led by another NYC player, Derrick Alston of the Bronx and Hoboken (NJ) H.S.

About time for another New York City area player to reach his potential on the Bluff.


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