Indiana's Marques Johnson has a leader

<b>FORT WAYNE, IN</b> - 6-foot-5 point guard Marques Johnson of Fort Wayne Snider High School talks about the current leader for his services.

One school currently standouts out above the rest of the pack for elite 2006 point guard Marques Johnson of Fort Wayne Snider High School.

Ironically, the program that leads for this skilled and poised junior-to-be, also happens to be the hottest program in the country on the recruiting trail.

That's right, Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals sit atop Johnson's wish list.

Asked if Louisville was the leader for Johnson Saturday afternoon at the Spiece Run n' Slam tournament, Vernon Johnson, the players father, said, "Yes, that's accurate."

The elder Johnson also said that Notre Dame and North Carolina trailed Louisville and comprised the top three for his son.


Johnson (L) teams with Lousiville prospect
Carl Swanigan for Blessed IJN
"We like Louisville and Notre Dame because of their coaching staff's," Vernon Johnson explained. "And North Carolina because of their program."

Johnson, who plays the point for Blessed IJN on the AAU circuit, is an extremely talented athlete that has the complete skill package. He's an elite level player who can handle the ball, pass and score. He's a smooth prospect on the court and has a deadly accurate jumper that extends beyond the three point line. And he's virtually unstopable on the break.

Johnson has already made unofficial visits to the top three programs in his home state, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue and tripped with his father and AAU coach Eric Vaughn to Louisville in December.

"I just really like how Louisville plays," Johnson explained. "They like to play fast and intense and that's how I like to play."

Though some in basketball circles debate whether or not he projects as a high major point guard, Johnson indicated that's how he fancies himself at the next level.

"I'd prefer to the point in college," Johnson said.

Besides his top three, Johnson, who scored a 1270 on the PSAT, also lists Arizona, UCLA, Indiana, and Purdue.

During the past year, Johnson's body has really started to fill out and he's much stronger than he was at this time last year. Up to about 200-pounds, Johnson said academics will be an important factor to him when it comes time to choose a college.

"I want to study either law or business," Johnson said.


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