Terps Have an 'In' With Top Rising Junior
Johnson is a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward rated as the No. 5 power forward I the national Class of 2009. The gifted lefty has been watched closely by the Terps staff, and Maryland is among the schools near the top of his list, Squires coach and founder Tony Squire told Terp Sports Report.
"Maryland is very interested. They are very interested. I talked to them at length at Reebok Camp," Squire said.
Squire spoke with both assistant coach Chuck Driesell and head coach Gary Williams, who filled him in with the latest on Osby.
"He was very happy with what Bambale is doing," Squire said. "He's working very hard and doing everything they ask of him."
Speaking of Osby, he is good friends with Johnson, who has long been regarded as one of the most talented players in his class. The Squires currently have players at Maryland, Memphis and LSu, so it's no coincidence those are a few of the schools – along with Kansas, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Kentucky – that are most involved in his recruitment right now. Johnson has consistently mentioned Maryland, though, in interviews.
"They are one of the schools that I know he is most interested in," Squire said. "What I have advised him to do is, during this year watch all of the teams, evaluate their style of play and get a feel for everything. I don't think he will [commit] early. It'll be his senior year."
Johnson is an incredible athlete who has great quickness and leaping ability for his size. He can also shoot from outside and is strong in the paint. When he's playing all-out, he's an extremely tough matchup.
"He was one vote away from being the MVP of the underclassman all-star game at ABCD as a rising sophomore, and he made it to the all-star game at Reebok," Squire said. "He's extremely athletic and aggressive, he can score, he passes well and rebounds."
Johnson has had some bumps off the court but seems to be coming along in that regard.
"I have known him since he was 13 and he has come a long way," Squire said. "Like anything, it's a work in progress, but he's [maturing]."
The Terps staff will surely be checking Johnson out in the weeks to come at the major tournaments in Orlando and Vegas, and shortly after that we'll have a better feel for how Johnson feels about Maryland.
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