James "Deuce" Johnson Commits to LA Tech

Louisiana Tech added a big commitment for the 2010 class this week.

James Johnson, better known as Deuce, visited Louisiana Tech this weekend. James Johnson, Sr. said his son enjoyed the trip.

"He went by himself," said Mr. Johnson. "This is a decision that he has to make himself. He had a great time. I knew he liked it because I didn't hear from him. On other visits, he would call me because he was bored.

Deuce's dad said that he thought the travel might have been a problem for his son. "The airline lost his luggage," he explained. "I told him not to worry, he still had visits to Montana State and Hawaii. He said, "Dad, I don't want to go anywhere else, Louisiana Tech is the place for me." So he canceled his remaining visits."

Johnson had offers from Montana State, Hawaii, and BYU. He also considered going to a school in San Fransisco to learn how to design video games.

Of the schools that Deuce was considering, his dad said Louisiana Tech was his personal favorite. "Tech went above and beyond," he added. "A lot of the PAC-10 schools wanted to watch him this year and see if he could play small forward. We decided to go with a school that kows what you are and wants you. After talking to Coach Rupp, Coach Condie, and Coach Johnson; they said they want Duece because he is a player. They don't want to pigeon-hole their players into a defined position. He has a high motor and he can create mismatches.

Johnson is a very similar player to Olu Ashaolu. He is just over 6'6" and he has nearly a 7 foot wingspan. Deuce has a strong frame and he has a 38" vertical. Johnson palyed two years at Campbell Hall High School with Jrue Holiday. He averaged nearly 18 points, over 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game.

Mr. Johnson talked to former Bulldog assistant coach Aubrey McCreary to get more information on Louisiana Tech. "Both my sons camped with Aubrey," said Mr. Johnson. "He had nothing but great things to say about the program. We really wanted to make sure the program was going in the right direction.

Neither Duece nor hsi dad previously knew Bulldog senior Kyle Gibson, who starred at nearby Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. They did know one of Kyle's high school teammates and found out about Kyle and how he like playing at Louisiana Tech. "We figured if a kid from L.A. can go out there and have that kind of success, it must be a pretty good situation," added Mr. Johnson.

Johnson is the first player to commit this year for the Tech's 2010 class. Three players signed in 2008 are expected to be part of the 2010 class as well. D.J. Wright and Josh Brown are both in junior colleges and re-committed to LA Tech last fall. Holton Hunsaker is on a two year church mission and will be back in time to enroll next fall.

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