Johnson put in a call to Warren and Richwood head coach Terry Martin, Sr., shortly after he accepted the position and he has followed up with them both a couple of times since then.
Now that Warren and Martin have had some time to digest everything what is their impression of the new headman?
“He’s a straight to the point guy and it was a very good impression,” Martin said. “I think the reaction to the hire has been really positive by Storm and everyone else. He’s a very good coach and is very serious about his job. He gets along with his players and the people in the community. I think that’s something any program needs if it is going to be successful.”
After spending much of his career out on the West Coast, Johnson may find things a little different in the South but if the past is an indication of what to expect then the future looks bright at LSU.
“He’s a new guy in the area so of course you want to wait and see but his reputation precedes him,” Martin said. “He’s a very good coach but also a very good person and with those two qualities you can’t really ask for much more.”
Something that may help Johnson get acclimated to life in Louisiana is having someone on his staff that is familiar with the area and although no official announcement has been made he is expected to name former Louisiana Tech head coach Keith Richard to his staff.
“Keith Richard is from down in this area and all of the players and parents from down here are very familiar with him,” said Martin. “He has a very good reputation and knowing that he is from this area of Louisiana it adds a big plus to it.”
In Warren, Johnson is getting a player that lit it up on both ends of the floor as a senior as he averaged 25.3 points and 12 boards a game.
Martin said that Johnson hasn’t talked about scheme or how he plans to use the 6-7, 210 pound Warren but he will have more than one option once he gets to Baton Rouge.
“He’s the type of guy that plays with a lot of energy and that energy spreads to the other players,” Martin said. “He is an extremely good rebounder and he runs the floor well. He’s a good defender and a good shot blocker, and he’s going to score with his back to the basket and from 20 feet out. Coach (Johnson) said he (Warren) could play the three or four spot and he really likes what he sees in him.”