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Amir Johnson talks about decision

<b>EXCLUSIVE</b> - 6-foot-9 forward Amir Johnson told Inside The Ville Sunday evening that he's coming to Louisville.<P><B>TELEP:</b> <a href="http://theinsidershoops.theinsiders.com/2/266981.html"><B>Jackpot! Cardinals Land Big Time Recruits</b></a> <img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/premium.gif">

Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville hit the recruiting jackpot this weekend.

First, 6-foot-11 David Padgett announced his intention to transfer from Kansas to U of L. Then, 5-foot-11 point guard Andre McGee followed suit while on his official visit.

Now, 6-foot-9 forward Amir Johnson of Los Angeles Westchester High School says he wants to join the party.

"I committed to Louisville today," Johnson, who participated in Louisville's basketball camp this weekend, told Inside The Ville Sunday evening.

Johnson, a phenomenal athlete with excellent shot-blocking ability, said he chose Louisville for the opportunity to learn from Pitino's tuteledge.

"I know Coach Pitino is a great coach with NBA experience and I chose Louisville because I want him to help me develop my skills," Johnson explained. "Louisville has a great environment and I really liked the campus and facilities. Plus, I wanted to come and play with my friend Andre McGee."

Johnson said he toured U of L's facilities, including Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, the new baseball stadium and the recently constructed Minardi Hall. He also had a chance to speak with U of L's Associate AD for Academic Services Marvin Mitchell about the academic programs and services available to student-athletes at U of L and came away impressed with what he heard.

The Cardinals are also recruiting Johnson's teammate at Westchester, Marcus Johnson, and Louisville latest commit said he'd work on the shorter Johnson and try to get him to attend U of L.

"Hopefully, we can get Marcus to join Andre and myself here at Louisville," Johnson said.

Johnson, the No. 12 prospect nationally according to TheInsiders.com, said he chose Louisville over North Carolina, Syracuse and UCONN. Johnson will attend the NBA Players Association camp next week and the Reebok ABCD camp in July.


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