Talented Westchester High duo interested in U of L

Westchester High School's talented duo of 6'9 Amir Johnson and 6'6 Marcus Johnson are showing considerable interest in the University of Louisville.

While there's a bit of mystery surrounding Westchester High School's Amir Johnson, the same can't be said of his teammate, 6'6 Marcus Johnson.

Amir, an athletic shot blocker, was forced to sit out his junior season after transferring from Los Angeles Verbum Dei. Still, there are plenty of big name programs showing considerable attention based on his size and potential.

"A number of schools either met with him or attended open gym during April," Westchaester head coach Ed Azzam said.

Azzam mentioned Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut, Arizona, and UCLA as the schools who dropped by to see the 6'9 power forward during the spring's contact period.

When asked if any of the schools on Johnson's list had emerged above the pack, Azzam said, "No, I don't think so."

"He's trying to figure out what he's looking for in a school," Azzam continued. "It's real early right now for him and he doesn't seem to have any favorites."

Louisville is also recruiting Johnson's teammate, 6'6 small forward Marcus Johnson. Though there's no relation, both Johnson's appear to have Louisville positioned high atop their respective lists.

"I know both kids really enjoyed visiting with Coach Pitino last month," Azzam said of Amir and Marcus Johnson. "Louisville's definitely one of the places they'll visit..at least as definite as I can say right now."

While Amir's list of favorites has been somewhat mysterious, Marcus has been quite clear which school tops his list.

"His early favorite has been Syracuse and they shown a lot of interest in him," Azzam said.

Louisville, Connecticut, Arizona and Kansas round out Marcus' top five and it's very likely the Cardinals are a close second currently to the Orange.

Both Amir and Marcus will take the SAT for the first time June 5 and Azzam said the taller Johnson has done pretty well academically this year.

"He's not doing great but he's doing OK in school," Azzam said. "He's got one poor grade we're working on but I'm not worried about him being ineligible for college."


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