Enemy Territory

Iowa is heading into Gopher Country in hopes of landing the talented Cory Johnson out of Duluth East, the same school that produced Rick Rickert. Johnson said that location will not weigh heavily into his decision and places the Hawkeyes high on his list. Find out what the forward said about Iowa in this HN.com interview.

Cory Johnson

2004-05 Junior

6-7, 203

Duluth, MN

East High

What do you think of the camp so far?

It's a lot of fun. We're doing a lot of different things. The setup is really nice. We go from one thing to the next. It really is a good routine. You work hard against good players.

Have you been to these college camps before?

Yeah. I went to this one last year. And, I went to the Wisconsin camp last year. Wisconsin has about 200 more kids. This is nice because there aren't as many kids. Here, you're together all at once playing. It's a great setup.

What got you interested in Iowa?

I came down for camp last year because I got camper information from them a few years ago. That's probably where it all started. I had a lot of fun last year. I came down for a game. I think it was the home opener. It was a lot of fun.

Has Iowa offered you a scholarship?

Yup.

Has anybody else offered you?

Marquette and Minnesota. Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Is there pressure to stay home?

From the people in Minnesota, yeah. But I wouldn't say too much pressure from my family. My family really kind of lets me make the decision by myself. They're not pushing me anywhere right now. I'm just looking at as many things as I can. I don't want to just make a decision after i make a visit. That's the dumbest thing you can do. You want to go there right after you visit. But you need to calm down and think it over rationallly.

What's important to you when you look at these schools?

The coaching staff. What their style is. Will I fit in? I'm not really concerned too much with the location. I would like to stay as close as possible to Minnesota. You like to see how the team responds to each other; how the players like the coach. What is he like? All of the little things. The little things make the big things.

What is your style?

Hard work is my style. I like going all game. I like getting up and down the court. That's my favorite game to play. I like tough; Big Ten style of tough.

What were your stats like last year?

I had about 23 points, 9.5 rebounds or so, 2.7 assists.

Do you play mostly inside?

I try to mix it up. My coach really gives me a lot of freedom. I started off at the beginning of the season play a lot of 4-5 and a little bit of 3. Towards the end, I was bringing the ball up. It just depends on who's guarding me. You always want to have that inside-outside game because no one can stop you. I could see myself playing more outside in college. I'm not going to be playing too much on the block.

Have you put a plan in place to organize this recruiting process?

Not really. Whoever wants me to come down and visit, I'll see if I can make it down there. I'm definitely keeping an open mind. I would love to make as many visits as possible. You learn stuff on every one you take.

Would it be tough for you to go to a Wisconsin or an Iowa knowing you'd havae to play against your home-state school?

I don't know. I wouldn't like to think of it that way. I don't think I'm going to worry about that too much.


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