Brandon Johns

Indiana makes good impression on 4-star forward Brandon Johns, family

See where Indiana stands with four-star 2018 forward Brandon Johns and what his mother said stood out about the IU basketball program during the family's weekend visit.

Indiana hosted four-star forward Brandon Johns and his family for an unofficial visit over the weekend.

The 6-foot-8 class of 2018 forward from East Lansing, Mich., has been on a steady rise this spring with the Spiece Indy Heat AAU program, and is currently ranked No. 100 nationally in his class.

Indiana coach Archie Miller and his assistants watched the Indy Heat program during both of the live evaluation periods in April, and things have been steadily heating up with Johns and the Hoosiers.

“It was a very good visit,” Havilah Johns, Brandon’s mom, told “They were very well prepared for us, which I’m sure most programs are. We met the entire staff. They all greeted they knew all four of our names. It’s nice to see details like that.

“It was nice to see how much they are concerned about their student athletes, not just as athletes but as people and well-rounded humans when they leave campus.

“Academically, we saw how sound they are, how good of hands Brandon would be in if he attended school there. I like the direction they’re going with their basketball program.

“I’m more of an academic person. I played basketball myself, but as an athlete, I feel it’s important to be a better student and better person.”

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Johns has been on campus at Indiana, Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State

Indiana offered a scholarship on the visit. That gave Johns offers from Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, Xavier, Texas, Iowa, Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and others.

Havilah Johns knows basketball. She played at the University of Buffalo and at Lansing Community College and coached at LCC for nine years before coaching overlapped too much with seeing her oldest son’s games.

“Brandon’s very interested in Indiana. It’s certainly an option,” she said. “It’s always nice to receive an offer from a school. Anytime a kid gets the opportunity to play at a college, no matter what the level, it’s a blessing. We’ll see how things fan and sit down as a family and hash this out.”

The IU campus in Bloomington, Ind, is around a four-and-a-half hour drive from East Lansing, but Havilah Johns said distance isn’t an issue.

“Not at all. I just want Brandon to be happy wherever the best fit is, whether that takes him across the county or right next door,” she said.

“There’s no place in this country we can’t get to, and it may do him some good to get out of here and see life outside of Michigan. He’s young. I’d be totally cool with him kind of spreading out.” Top Stories