Athletic small forward joins Cardinals

Perrin Johnson, an athletic small forward, informed ITV on Friday that he has accepted an invitation to join the Cardinal basketball program as a non-scholarship player in 2003. (UPDATED: Saturday, June 12)

6'6 Perrin Johnson, an athletic small forward from Claremont, CA, called ITV while at the adidas ABCD Camp on Friday to inform us of the good news...He'll be joining the Cardinal basketball program this fall as a non-scholarship player.

As a senior at Claremont, Perrin averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks per contest. An excellent leaper, Johnson joined Claremont's track team as a senior and immediately made an impact. During league finals he set a new league record with a long jump of 24'1" and broke a league mark that had stood since 1979.

The Louisville coaches became aware of Perrin from the Cardinals track coach, who had been recruiting him as a long-jumper. When the Cardinals track coach became aware that basketball was Perrin's first choice, he shared the information with Louisville assistant Scott Davenport. Problem was Perrin had already signed a Letter of Intent to play for Rider after being promised by the Rider coaching staff that he'd play the small forward position. When Rider completed it's recruiting for the 2003 class and no big men were included, it became obvious that Perrin was going to make the move and play at the power forward spot. Not wanting to play out of position, Perrin requested and was granted his release from Rider.

Following his release, Perrin ventured to U of L for a few weeks this summer, allowing him to test his skills against most of the current team.

Perrin told ITV on Friday that while in town earlier this summer that he enjoyed the city and liked the coaches and the players. Johnson is excited about his upcoming move to Louisville later this summer.

There appears to be a load of potential for Perrin, especially playing under Pitino. He is an athletic wing player who enjoys the up and down fast break style of play. He finishes strong on the fast break, often with a thunderous array of dunks. He has excellent potential as a defender on the perimeter with his long arms and athleticism. Offensively, he is an agressive player that has an improving outside stroke.

During our conversation, he told us that he is currently working out with former Arizona State player Quincy Brewer.

"I'm lifting weights and working on my jump shot during the summer," said Johnson.

Johnson, who also gave special thanks to Dave Benezra of the LA Rockfish for being instrumental in his development, is eligible to play as a freshman and will arrive on campus a week before school starts.

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