Johnson has become a main target for U of L

Ypsilanti, Mich., forward Jaylen Johnson has quickly become one of the most coveted targets in the Class of 2014 by the University of Louisville basketball staff. Johnson recently visited Louisville and is tearing up the July circuit.

Jaylen Johnson is close to narrowing his list of schools he's interested in during the recruiting process, likely doing it after July.

But right now his biggest problem is the list keeps growing. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Johnson played so well in Indianapolis last week during the adidas Invitational and previously at the LeBron James Skills Academy that more and more colleges are showing interest in the rising senior.

"It's going to be tough," Johnson said. "A lot of schools are offering me. It's one or two new ones every week. So there's a lot right now.

"But for now I don't really have any order. It's all of them."

One school that has made Johnson is a priority is the University of Louisville. The Cardinals offered Johnson a scholarship in June just after he made an unofficial visit to the campus to check things out.

U of L coach Rick Pitino and assistant coach Mike Balado watched Johnson several times last week with his Dorian's Pride team. Johnson is playing with his team this weekend in the Hall of Fame National Invitational, an event that begins today in Springfield, Mass.

Johnson said he noticed Pitino was under the basket watching a few times last week, noting one time "I saw him smile when I made my free throws."

"Louisville is a good environment," Johnson said. "The team is fun and the coaches are great. They just don't tell you fake stuff, like you are going to come in and start. I liked it when I was there."

Johnson has also visited Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa State and has offers from UNLV, Xavier, Cincinnati, Florida State, Maryland, Oregon and more.

"When I narrow it down, I will talk to my mom and coaches, and then we'll get to a certain five and then we will go from there," he said. "I want to make sure that I am making the right decisions and I have people around me to help out.

"I just want to go the next level and do good, so I can get to the pros eventually."

Johnson, who is still just 16 years old, is the son of 6-foot-5 Janetta Johnson. She holds the single-season blocks record at Wisconsin and led the nation two years in blocked shots during her career with the Badgers.


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