AAU coach says Johnson has improved his shooting

Southern Cal All-Stars coach Pat Barrett says his star player, 6-foot-5 Marcus Johnson, has made significant stides with his shooting ability this summer and also provided some insight into the athletic forward's recruitment

Southern California All-Stars AAU coach Pat Barrett says that one of his star players, 6-foot-5 University of Louisville prospect Marcus Johnson, is currently trying to figure out which one of three Big East programs is the best fit for his services.

"He likes Louisville, Syracuse and Connecticut" Barrett said, adding that he expects Johnson to chose from one of the those three finalists. "He wants to see all the schools before he makes a decision but he hasn't made up his mind yet."

"He's looking for the best situation," Barrett continued. "He's trying to find somewhere that he can play early but also somewhere that he can develop and reach his potential."

Johnson, who earned All-Star honors at the Reebok ABCD Camp and was named to the All-Tournament teams at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Reebok Big Time and Reebok Summer Classic, has made solid strides with his ability to shoot the basketball this summer.

"He's had a very good spring and summer," Barrett said. "He and Bryan Harvey are two of the top wings in the country. Marcus is a very good athlete and he's getting better as a shooter."

Apparently, some hard work with his jump shot is starting to pay off for the athletic Johnson.

"He's worked hard on it," Barrett said of Johnson's shooting ability. "If he becomes consistent with his shot he'll be an NBA type player. Athletically, he's already there. And he's also got to improve his ball handling. He's a good shooter..he's just got to get consistent with it."

Off the court, Barrett has nothing but praise for Johnson.

"He's a very good kid," Barrett said. "He's a good student and I've never had any problem with him. He's very respectful and well mannered."

At the Tournament of Champions in late May, Johnson indicated that his mother favored Louisville for several reasons and Barrett says she'll certainly be a factor at decision time.

"I think he's going to make his own mind up but she's involved [with his decision] and he'll listen to her input," Barrett predicted.

As for Harvey, a 6-foot-5 guard who teams with Johnson on the SoCal All-Stars, Barrett says he's unsure just where his other star figures into Louisville's plans.

"Louisville is involved," Barrett explained, adding that he hadn't spoken to U of L coaches in more than a week about Harvey. "But I don't know exactly where he stands on Louisville's pecking order right now."

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