Johnson bursts onto radar

Kedren Johnson is a new name on Louisville's radar. Rick Pitino went to see the 2011 point guard last week, then had him in for an unofficial visit for Sunday's game against Cincinnati. The Cardinals must like Johnson because they're expected to watch him again this week.

Kedren Johnson burst onto the Louisville recruiting radar when Rick Pitino traveled to Tennessee to watch the 6'4, 200-pound junior point guard play. Pitino apparently liked what he saw from Johnson, who made an unofficial visit to Louisville Sunday to watch the Cardinals beat Cincinnati in Freedom Hall 68-60.

"I liked it," Johnson said. "Everything was nice. They have a lot of fan support. I talked to Coach Pitino before and after the game. He was talking about when they came to see me play about a week ago. He said it was an exciting game and I played good. He said I have the size and skills to play there."

With Pitino in the gym last Friday, Johnson scored 22 points to lead his Marshall County team to a one-point win over Spring Hill. Louisville coaches will plan to attend Johnson's game this week against East Hickman.

"I'm not to sure about an offer but he said they're going to come see me play again Thursday," Johnson said. '[Pitino] and Coach McCarty."

Though Louisville hasn't offered Johnson a scholarship yet, the 6'4 lead guard said he's interested in the Cardinals. "I like Coach Pitino because of as many players he's put in the NBA," Johnson said. "And I like to win."

Johnson is a physical point guard who creates matchup problems for smaller opponents. Rated the No. 17 point guard in the junior class, Johnson is an outstanding passer and ball handler and can score when needed. If you're a college coach looking for a good floor leader who makes sound decisions with the ball Johnson should get a strong look.

"I compare myself to Deron Williams," Johnson said. "I think I make pretty good decisions whether I'm passing it or shooting."

Johnson has visited Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Louisville this season. Alabama and Memphis are also interested.

"All of them are recruiting me as a point guard. That's my natural position," said Johnson. "I don't have any favorites. I'm just sitting back letting everybody come at me. I will make a decision before my senior year."


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