Having helped lead the Southern California All-Stars to the Reebok Summer Classic title last weekend, where Johnson averaged 19.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.8 steals per game, the 6-foot-5 forward from Westchester High School in Los Angeles, California has enjoyed quite an impressive summer on the hardwood.
Johnson, who boasts impresive athleticism, excels in transition and gets after it on defense, has played well at just about every big-time venue you could imagine this offseason. He impresssed at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, earned a place in the All-Star game at the Reebok ABCD Camp, where he scored 15 points, and garnered All-Tournament honors at the prestigious Reebok Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas late last month.
Based on those accolades, it's no wonder Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut and Georgia Tech are in pursuit. Johnson's already visited Syracuse. He'll trip to Louisville this weekend and has tentative plans to see Connecticut and Georgia Tech before school starts.
As for the Cardinals, there may be some built in advantages in Johnson's recruitment. For one, Johnson teamed with current Louisville commit Amir Johnson last season at Westchester. Additionally, there's also a relationship with another of the Cardinals commits, point guard Andre McGee. And the Cardinals might also have Johnson's mother in their corner, "My mom likes Louisville the best," Johnson said earlier this summer.
The biggest question remaining appears to be can Louisville wrap up Johnson while they have him on campus this weekend?
It seems quite possible. It appears to be a good fit for both sides, though Johnson probably ins't the shooter Rick Pitino would still love to have. Still, we're talking about one of the elite wing prospects in the class of 2005 and there's no question Johnson is the Cardinals top recruiting priority at present.
And If recent history is an indicator, especially considering June's quartet of visitor commitments, Pitino and company might be on the verge of adding yet another talented player to their growing arsenal for the 2005-06 season this weekend.