Johnson Taking Unofficial to UK

While the 2009 class is mostly finished, there is still work to do on the 2010 class. One of the top players in that class, in the state of Kentucky is Covington Holmes guard Ricardo Johnson. KSR had the opportunity to speak with Johnson's coach, David Henley.

While the 2009 class is mostly finished, there is still work to do on the 2010 class. One of the top players in that class, in the state of Kentucky is Covington Holmes guard Ricardo Johnson. KSR had the opportunity to speak with Johnson's coach, David Henley.

Billy Gillispie has an affinity for versatile, strong, athletic guards. In Ricardo Johnson, that's exactly what Kentucky is recruiting. "He's can shoot the three, the mid-range shot and get to the basket and score," said Henley. "He's got a great body and he's turning into a pretty good defender," he continued.

The 6-foot-3 Johnson still has a few points of improvement for his game. "He needs to work on his ball-handling. It's okay, but it's not great," said Johnson. "He's not a great passer. He needs to work on penetrating and pitching out; just taking care of the ball," said Henley.

Still, Henley has seen a lot of improvement in Johnson's game over the last year. "He's improved in every area of the game. Defensively he's improved tremendously. He's a kid that stays in the gym. He loves to work out and he likes to play the game," said Henley.

There are several schools involved in Johnson's recruitment. "Xavier (is involved) probably more than anybody," said Henley. Other schools involved are Miami of Ohio, Xavier, Cincinnati, Butler, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Georgetown College, Virginia Tech, Iowa, South Florida, Louisville, Wright State and Indiana.

What about Kentucky?

"Kentucky's in there too," said Henley. "Yeah, actually he and (Elijah) Pittman are going to the UK (versus Vanderbilt) game tomorrow."

So how has Ricardo performed so far this season?

"He's done a good job so far. He's been solid for us. He was picked by the coaches (preseason) as the best player in Northern Kentucky. He's not scoring as much as he could, but he's doing a lot of the little things for us. He's playing well," said Henley.


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