2011 PG Johnson Visits the Gators

Fresh off his the tournament play in Orlando, Lewisburg (TN) Marshall County point guard Kedren Johnson visited Gainesville and the University of Florida this week to take in one of his top five programs. Johnson liked what he saw at Florida and talked about a school that is back on his list of favorites. The big bodied 2011 point guard has become a priority for Billy Donovan and the Gator staff.

With room to add four prospects if they need them in the class of 2011, the Florida Gators only have one commitment, albeit from all-world guard Brad Beal. With the lack of guards on the roster, Beal is very important, but so is a point guard in the 2011 class. At the moment, Kedren Johnson appears to be high on the wish list for the Florida Gators.

Johnson was in Orlando at the AAU nationals this weekend and on his way home paid a visit to Billy Donovan and the Gators.

"I was down there today," Johnson said Sunday of his stop by Gainesville. "It was nice, I went around the campus, saw the practice facilities and met some of the players and coaches. Basically we were trying to get back home and we stopped on the way home. We talked to them about playing for them if I were to come to Florida. I talked a little bit with Coach Donovan and Coach Pitino really showed me around."

The Gator staff made sure quite a few players were around as they prepare to also host Florida's elite camp Monday and Tuesday.

"I knew Casey Prather, and I also met Vernon Macklin, Patric Young, Will Yeguette, and Scottie Wilbekin," Johnson said.

The Gator staff made sure to let Johnson know he is a wanted man and would really like to have his services as part of their program.

"They told me they want me to come play the point," Johnson said. "They say they like my decision making and the way I distribute the ball. I make other players around me better. They aren't pressuring me, but they are recruiting me kind of hard."

Johnson likes what Floria has to offer and believes it is a place that will make him a better player.

"Florida has a lot of scorers and people I can distribute the ball to," he said. "They have athletic bigs and wing players."

The Gators join Louisville, Vanderbilt, Alabama, and Memphis in Johnson's final five programs. He talked a little about the rest.

Louisville: "I let Louisville back in (after eliminating them earlier). I love the tradition of Louisville basketball and Coach Pitino and his whole demeanor. I like the way he runs his program, their assistant coaches and the 2011 recruiting class. Wayne Blackshear and Zach Price. I met Zach Price at the LeBron camp.

Vanderbilt: "They are five minutes up the road and if I graduate from there I am guaranteed to have a great job. They aren't in a rebuilding stage, but I can also come in and play immediately."

Alabama: "Coach Grant is great. He is honest and laid back. He finds different ways to say things to you than other coaches do. Levi Randolph is going to Alabama. I have been playing with Levi since the seventh grade."

Memphis: "I like the place, Coach Pastner, and it's not far from home."

When asked who he patterned his game after and played the game similar to, Johnson answered with one of the NBA's best in Utah jazz point guard Deron Williams.

"I am a big bodied guard that can run through pick and rolls," he said about the comparison. "I am going to get my teammates involved, but I am big enough to finish at the basket or knock down my jump shot."

When the decision comes, he knows some of what he will base his college choice on and when he may make that choice.

"My relationship with the coach and the roster that I will be playing with," he said are deciding factors. "I want to have someone to pass the ball to when I get there.

"I am going to set up my official visits but hoping to make my decision before the high school season starts. I am not going to promise anything because I want to make sure I make the right decision. I will probably commit during the early period but sign during the late period."

Kedren Johnson plans on visiting Florida for one of the home football games to take in the atmosphere that the Gator Nation surrounds their athletes with on game day. Florida hopes for a quality visit and big time atmosphere.
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