Pitino keeping tabs on Kedren Johnson

Kedren Johnson is starting to get serious about his recruitment. The 6-4 point guard from Lewisburg (TN) Marshall County is attracting big-time college interest this spring and recently spoke with Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

Rick Pitino is looking to sign a point guard for Louisville's 2011 recruiting class. Pitino is recruiting New York's Jabarie Hinds. He's also keeping tabs on Kedren Johnson, a three-star point guard from Lewisburg, TN.

"I talked to him [Pitino] the end of last week," Johnson said. "It was a good conversation. He told me to keep in touch with him and call him whenever I want to. He said he would call me once a month and stay on good terms. I'm going to get up there sometime this summer and play with the [Louisville] boys."

Johnson made a visit to Louisville during the season, attending the Cincinnati game at Freedom Hall. Johnson plans to make a return visit to UofL this summer and said the Cardinals have maintained contact since his last visit.

"They call my coach more than me – my high school coach kind of does all the talking [with them]," Johnson said.

Johnson's AAU team – Georgia Stars - is off to a strong start this spring and won the Wallace Prather Memorial Tournament in Atlanta last week. Johnson said he's splitting point guard duties on the team and is focused on improving his game this spring.

"We just won two tournaments back to back," Johnson said. "I'm playing pretty good, handling the ball. Our team has another point so I'm kind of playing combo. Im mostly working on my conditioning more than anything else – getting quicker."

While in Atlanta, Johnson visited Georgia Tech, one of several programs that have offered a scholarship.

"I stopped by Georgia Tech," Johnson said. "I was with Coach LarBarrie a little bit and met up with Mfon Udofia and he showed me around. It's nice, it's like separated from the rest of Atlanta in its own little campus."

Besides Louisville and Georgia Tech, Johnson is also taking a strong look at Alabama, Florida, Memphis and Vanderbilt. Besides visiting Louisville this summer, Johnson also plans to check out Billy Donovan's Florida Gators.

"It's starting to get serious now, towards the end of the AAU season I'll probably get a lot more serious," Johnson said. "We're going down to Orlando for our last two tournaments [in July] and I'm thinking I'm going to visit Florida while I'm down there."

Are any of the schools recruiting Johnson standing out?

"They're all kind of even, I'm still just wide open waiting on a couple more schools [to offer]," Johnson said, mentioning Kentucky, Kansas and Syracuse. "I haven't really been talking to those schools. I talked to Coach Calipari before he left Memphis but I haven't talked to him while he's been at [UK]."

Johnson, who led his team to the state tournament last season, says he's looking for a school where he could make an immediate impact.

"I'm looking for a school I can go into and contribute as a freshman and have a good relationship with the coaches," Johnson said. "I want to try to make a decision before the season so I don't have to worry about it."

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