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Johnson Excited to be a Cardinal

<b>INSIDE THEVILLE RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</b> -- Brian Johnson is excited about his decision to become a Louisville Cardinal. Johnson's uncle, Ronnie Ingram, and Oak Hill Head Coach Steve Smith explain why Johnson chose U of L and the reason he announced his decision today. <p> <b>Bonus</b> -- Brian Johnson photo dunking at Nike Camp! <p> <body> <p><b><a href="http://theinsidershoops.com/2/187518.html">Johnson Commits to Louisville</a> </b><i>(Dave Telep)</i></p> </body>

Brian Johnson decided to end his recruitment earlier today and announce his intentions to pursue championship and NBA dreams at Louisville. In the end, Johnson apparently tired of the recruiting game and decided he was ready to cast his lot with Rick Pitino.

"He just got tired of the whole process and Georgia Tech moved his visit back to next weekend and he just didn't want to wait another ten days," Smith said. "I think he's had it in his mind that he wanted to go to Louisville and figured why wait."

According to Smith, Johnson is excited about his decision.


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"He's very happy about going to Louisville," Smith said. "He felt really comfortable on his visit and enjoyed the players and the coaches."

Smith is also high on Johnson's potential, especially when he gets in Coach Pitino type shape.

"If you get that body in tip top shape like Coach Pitino will do he's got a chance to be a really good college player," Smith said. "He fits in well with Louisville's style of play because he's so versatile and can play with his back to the basket but can also set outside."

Johnson, who was superb at the Nike All American Camp last July, injured his knee at the U.S. Junior Trials but Smith says the knee is fine and Johnson is one of the hardest workers he's ever had.

"It's fine," Smith said of Johnson's knee. "He's had no swelling, I've never seen him limp and he goes full bore every day. He works as hard as any player I've ever had. He wants to work."

Johnson and Oak Hill will play six times in the state of Kentucky in February. They'll play Ballard and Hazzard at Eastridge High School in Lick Creek, Ky on February 12-13. They'll then face Lexington County and Lanier (MS) High in the Marshall County Hoop Fest. Then they'll play two games at North Laurel High School February 21.

Ronnie Ingram, Johnson's uncle, also had high praise for Louisville and the family atmosphere that Coach Pitino has developed within his program.

"Everything they told us was heartfelt," Ingram said. "It felt like a true family when we got their [on our visit]."

Ingram gave credit to Louisville assistant Vince Taylor for his persistent effort earlier this summer when North Carolina appeared the favorites. From that point on, according to Ingram, the entire U of L staff was the most active and persistent coaching staff recruiting Johnson.

Ingram believes Louisville, under Coach Pitino, is one of the fastest rising programs in the nation and envisions the Cards will soon challenge for the NCAA title.

"I can see him [Coach Pitino] having a program at U of L like he did when he was at UK," Ingram said.

Louisville fans are not the only one's excited by Johnson's decision.

"We're excited to be Cardinals," Ingram said.


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