JUCO guard closing in on decision

Kansas head coach Bill Self and his staff are constantly at work on the recruiting trail, and one of their recent targets appears to be closing in on a decision.

Geron Johnson, formerly of Dayton (OH) Dunbar High in the Class of 2010 and now of Garden City (KS) Community College is being recruited by the likes of Marshall, Memphis, Nebraska and Oklahoma State in addition to the Jayhawks. Ideally, the 6-foot-3 sophomore guard would like to try and make a decision "in another week."

"I need to have my school that I'm going to be transferring to in to see my advisor," Johnson said. "And make sure I'll get through the (NCAA) Clearinghouse."

The athletic guard took a visit to the University of Kansas in mid-December for the Jayhawks' tilt with Ohio State, and came away impressed. The dedication and support of the fan base in particular stood out.

"My interest in the Jayhawks is very high," Johnson said. "It's a big-time program."

On the court, he and the Broncbusters are having an outstanding season, the owners of a 13-2 record with conference play just underway.

Johnson himself has been borderline spectacular. He's still doling out assists, but at the exhortation of Garden City head coach Kris "Bucket" Baumann he's scoring in bunches as well.

"I feel like I am a little bit more aggressive with the basketball," he said. "All my life I've always been a pass-first player, shoot second."

The Broncbusters have a big weekend test ahead of them; a Saturday tilt with Hutchinson (KS) Community College, currently ranked No. 10 in the NJCAA. Johnson said he understands a Kansas staffer may be in attendance.

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