Paul Johnson; Recruiting Update

Part 1 of TerpTown's look at Paul Johnson focused on his abilities. Now we'll take a look at what's going on with the Gonzaga (D.C.) junior's recruiting situation.

In a down year in recruiting, Paul Johnson still hasn't earned a spot among analysts Top 100 yet. However, the key word could be "yet".

The Gonzaga (DC) 6-6 junior still has some things to work on before he establishes himself as an elite player on the national level.

"Paul's got a good jump shot, but he needs to take his range out to the 3 point line," Gonzaga assistant Steve Turner said. "His handle is pretty good in the open court, and as he develops into a college player, he'll need to be able to take people off the dribble in the half court."

"His development from his sophomore year to his junior year has been exceptional, and his work ethic and his work in the weight room will help take his game to the highest level," added Turner.

One interesting twist to Johnson's recruitment is that he plays summer basketball down in the south with the Georgia Stars because that's when he goes to live with his mother.

"Paul is stronger, quicker and plays the game smarter at 6-6," Georgia Stars head man Norman Parker said. "His scoring, ball handling and passing is much improved from last year. He's an intelligent kid, and will be a top 50 to 75 player by the end of the summer."

He's done enough on the court and in the classroom, where he boasts a 3.7 GPA, to warrant scholarship offers from Rhode Island, William & Mary and Princeton. Maryland has also expressed a strong interest.

"Coach (Gary) Williams and Coach (Jimmy) Patsos came to see me at the DeMatha game," Johnson said, "I've also spoken to Coach (Dave) Dickerson, too. I've met Coach Williams, but haven't really spoken with him yet."

Other schools that are looking at Paul include Georgia Tech, Virginia, West Virginia and Villanova.

"My top five at this point are probably Maryland, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Wake Forest and Syracuse," said Johnson, who is averaging 16 points and nine boards this season. "I'll be camping at Nike, and probably 5 Star, and I'll be playing with the Georgia Stars again this summer."


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