Favorite emerges for Noel Johnson

Noel Johnson, one of Louisville's top junior prospects, put on quite a show Wednesday night at the King of the Bluegrass. While in town, the talented forward plans to visit the UofL campus and Wednesday night named a leader in his recruitment.

Noel Johnson, one of Louisville's top junior prospects, put on quite a show Wednesday night at the King of the Bluegrass. While in town, the talented forward plans to visit the UofL campus and Wednesday night named a leader in his recruitment.

The 6'7 junior from Fayetteville, Georgia scored 46 points on 16 of 26 shooting, including 4-6 from three-point range.

"I was just trying to get my teammates involved really, but I just had the hot hand," Johnson said. "My coach is from here so I had to put on a show for his friends and family."

Thursday, Louisville coach Rick Pitino is expected to watch the high scoring prospect. Rated the No. 28 prospect nationally, Johnson appears a high priority for Pitino, who saw the lanky Johnson score 42 points in Georgia last month.

While in town, Johnson plans to make at least one – perhaps two – unofficial visits to the Louisville campus. It's clear Louisville has prioritized Johnson. Wednesday night, Johnson told Scout.com that the Cardinals have emerged as the early leader in his recruitment.

"I'm trying to down there at least twice before I leave, so it will be good to go down there and see what it is like on campus," Johnson said. "Me and my dad will probably head down there (together)."

Besides Louisville, Johnson also lists USC, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Ohio State in his early Top 5. Johnson also has offers from UCLA, Oregon, Michigan State, Memphis, Texas, UNLV and North Carolina.

Why has Louisville emerged as the favorite on a list of college basketball heavyweights? "I've had great relationships with coach Pitino and his son, so we get along great."

Louisville also seems to fit what Johnson is looking for in a college program.

"I'm looking for a team that definitely fits the style of play that I like and how they take care of their alumni after they finish college," Johnson said.


Noel Johnson scored 46 points at the KOB.


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