Johnson lists Cards atop current list

<b>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> -- 6'9 power forward Brian Johnson of Oak Hill Academy, spoke with ITV Tuesday night about his recruitment and current leader.

Johnson puts Cards at top of list

6'9 Brian Johnson had a great summer and certainly ranks among the top prospects in the class of 2004.  Johnson played extremely well at the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis in early July and continued to shine at the Nike Peach Jam and the AAU Nationals last month.

Johnson, who recently announced his intentions to transfer from Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington,VA to prep powerhouse, Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA, told Tuesday night that Louisville is the current leader for his services.

"Right now Louisville is," Johnson said of his current leader.  "I want to go somewhere I can make an impact but I don't want someone to promise me anything."

Johnson handicapped his recruitment this way; 55% Louisville, 45% North Carolina in response to a question about the likelihood of his committing to each school.

Johnson indicated that UNC's lack of interest this summer has moved them down on his list, while Louisville's strong showing and attention to him on the summer recruiting circuit has vaulted the Cards into the lead for his services at this time.

Johnson was impressed by the attention and interest Louisville's coaches showed late last month at the AAU Nationals in Orlando, in which both Kevin Willard, and Vince Taylor attended.

'They [UofL's coaches] had all their assistants watching me one day in Orlando," Johnson noted.

Johnson said he'd base his decision on academics and is looking for a program that will prepare him to play in the NBA some day.

Johnson also likes the idea of playing with New York point guard Sebastian Telfair and indicated that Telfair's looming commitment to the Cards would boost Louisville's chances of signing him.

"I would love to play with him [Telfair]," Johnson said.  "We played together last year at the Youth Developmental Festival and he's unselfish and passes the ball."

Johnson told ITV that he'd begin setting up his campus visits next week and indicated his intention to take all five allotted official visits.  Johnson will sign a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period this November.

Besides Louisville and UNC, Johnson also listed Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Arizona, Florida and Cincinnati

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