2012 Indy Point Guard Looking For Right Fit

The Fighting Illini basketball team continues to mine the state of Indiana for basketball talent. There is so much quality in the high school ranks there, there isn't room for all of them at their state schools. A 2012 Indianapolis point guard visited the Illini for their Purdue game.

Ronnie Johnson is a 5'-10" point guard from North Central High School in Indianapolis. He has exploded onto the scene in recent months with his play, and he is now on the Illinois radar.

When asked, Johnson thinks he could provide Illinois what they are looking for as a pure point guard in 2012. He has not received an offer, but making a visit shows both sides are serious about his recruitment. What was the guard looking for on his trip to Champaign?

"I am looking to see where I can fit in."

Although his older brother Terone plays for Purdue, Johnson has nothing but praise for the Illini. He really likes the atmosphere in Assembly Hall.

"I like the crowd, and I like the school. Period."

Under Bruce Weber, the Illini have run a motion offense in which the point guard plays a key role in initiating the offense. Does Johnson believe he fits into this style of game?

"I think I could. I really do."

Johnson has received interest from a variety of mid-majors. He talked about what schools have extended him offers.

"Butler, Indiana State, IUPUI, Ohio, and Eastern Illinois."

Outside of Illinois, what are schools that stand out to him?

"Butler, Dayton, and St. Louis."

Johnson has played with talent throughout his career and understands how to set up other players. He plays for the Eric Gordon All-Stars on the AAU circuit and is the point man for the talented North Central squad that features five-star shooting guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera. He says their team is playing well.

"We have been doing pretty well. I think we are starting to win and play together more. We are doing good."

Johnson has certainly been doing his part in leading his team. He talked about his play this season.

"I think I have been doing well actually. I've been getting my teammates involved and knocking down shots."

What type of player is he?

"I can shoot it and when I drive in, I can dish it to the open player. And I can score."


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