Johnson talks about future while in Louisville

Brian Johnson and Oak Hill defeated Ballard High School Thursday night to remain unbeaten this season. Following the action, Johnson spoke about his first experience playing in front of his future fans. <p> <b>BONUS</b> Behind the scences rumors and notes.

6'9 University of Louisville signee Brian Johnson didn't have his "A" game Thursday night against Ballard.

Playing for the first time in the city he'll call home the next four years and in front of about 4,500 fans, including many of the red-clad variety, Johnson admitted to a case of stage fright.

"I was kind of nervous," Johnson said. "But when I get here next year, I'll get the jitterbugs out."

It wasn't that he played terribly..he was certainly solid. While his shot missed its mark more times than not against the athletic Bruins, Johnson did pull down 11 rebounds and make 3 steals.

Overall, Johnson was 4-12 from the floor and 1-2 from the line for 9 points. He flashed his athleticism in transition when he flushed an alley-oop from Rondo during first half action, was active on the offensive boards, and showed the ability once again to step out and knock in the midrange jumper.

Johnson, who will play in the Derby Festival Classic this spring, said he has big plans for himself and Louisville the next few seasons.

"The national championship," Johnson said when asked about what his plans are for Louisville. "I'm going to do everything I can to get a national championship."

Johnson said he's spoken with the U of L coaching staff throughout the season and he's been given an indication what his role will be as a freshman.

"They said I could come in and be the sixth or seventh man," Johnson explained. "Or maybe even start if I'm ready."

Next up for Johnson, who said he's growing a bit weery of Oak Hill's long schedule and constant traveling, will be two games at the North Laurel Classic tomorrow and Saturday. They'll face Arizona signee Daniel Dillon and North Laurel as well as Wayne County.


  • File this in the I can't hardly believe what I'm hearing file. While there is much specualtion, well we believe it's a little more than speculation, about Sebastian Telfair being a lottery pick, would you believe that certain folks are talking about Oak Hill point guard Rajon Rondo possibly being a top 15 pick in the draft this year? Seriously, that word is making the rounds.
  • Louisville fans with hopes of Rondo spurning his verbal commitment to Kentucky and joining the some news for you...isn't happening. Rondo said so...others close to the situation say so. In fact, Rondo's mother and family members were all sporting blue UK jersey's with the "Rondo 4" on the back.
  • University of Louisville assistant Kevin Willard was court side for Brian Johnson.
  • U of L assistant Scotty Davenport's son, Doug, plays for Ballard and made a nice shake and bake move on the baseline in the late going. He drew a foul and hit both free throws.
  • Several U of L football players were in attendance, including Michael Bush, J.R. Russell, Greg Tinch, and Broderick Clark.
  • Several former U of L basketball stars were in attendance, including Jerry Eaves, Kenny Payne, Wiley Brown, and Seneca head coach Tony Branch.
  • Oak Hill junior guard K.C. Rivers had himself quite a performance. He nailed five three pointers in the first half and scored 20 plus on the night. He's considered one of the top juniors in the nation and already has a scholarship offer from Wake Forest. Originally from North Carolina, Rivers is close with Deacons point guard Chris Paul.
  • Other coaches in attendance: Mike Davis, Indiana, David Hobbs, Kentucky.

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