It’s been a great junior season for Linn-Mar High School star Jason Bohannon. The 6-3 Marion, Iowa guard is averaging over 20 points per game on a Lions team that is off to a 17-1 start. With four games left in the regular season, Bohannon and his teammates have set their sights firmly on daily improvement and making the most of the postseason that lies in front of them.
“Our team is playing really good right now,” said Bohannon. “We’ve been trying to get better throughout season. Our goal has been to keep improving every day and we hope to keep it rolling into the postseason.”
For Linn-Mar to keep rolling Bohannon will have to keep scoring and distributing at the pace he’s kept throughout the regular season. Shooting and dishing comes easily to Bohannon and loves doing both.
“I love to shoot the ball,” Bohannon admitted. “That’s something I’ve always worked on and tried to be good at. I also love to handle the ball and have the ball in my hands in close games and try to create for the team.”
Bohannon’s immediate focus is beating Prairie High School on Friday night. After that game and the rest of his high school schedule is complete, he’ll shift gears and start to focus on picking a college to play for in the fall of 2006.
One contender for the three-star stud’s services is Stanford, a program that intrigues him because of the quality of basketball, academics and a gorgeous campus.
“I’ve taken one official visit so far,” said Bohannon. “I took one out to Stanford and enjoyed it. The campus is really beautiful. Something I’m looking for in a school is really strong in academics in addition to good basketball tradition.”
In addition to good hoops and challenging classes, Bohannon wants life at his future school to have a comfortable feel.
“I’m also looking for a place that fits me right,” shared Bohannon. “By that I mean a place that fits the person I am, how the environment is with the students and the college.”
Bohannon will need more time to decide if Stanford is the right fit for him and additional time to shuffle through the many other schools that have come calling for his services.
“As of right now, Iowa, Wisconsin, UNI (Northern Iowa) and Stanford have offered. As for schools that have showed interest, Kansas has, a lot of big ten schools have, NC State has and one or two big East schools also, including UCONN. I’m getting interest from a lot of schools, but I haven’t really narrowed it down yet.”
So, what type of interest has Kansas shown?
“Coach (Joe) Dooley came to a couple of my games this past summer and Coach (Bill) Self came to one.”
And Bohannon has kept his eyes on the Jayhawks ever since. Kansas is currently in the mix on a long list of schools that the Linn-Mar standout will eventually have to trim down. That chopping could come late in the spring or over the summer, but one thing is for sure: his decision will be reached by this fall.
“I know I want to have my decision made before my senior season next year,” said Bohannon. “It could come at the end of the summer or in early the fall – maybe in late August, early September.”
September may seem like a long ways away, but 6-3 combo guards from Iowa have worked well for Kansas in the past, so Bohannon might be worth the wait for Jayhawk fans. Check back soon for more on this star from the class of 2006.