Shooting for the Stars

Maryland prospect Durand Johnson says Terps are "coming at me hard."

On, Durand Johnson is rated as a three-star recruit heading into his senior season at Lake Clifton High School. However, three stars are not enough for the young do-it-all basketball star-in-the-making.


“I really should be a five-star [recruit],” Johnson said of his rating.

“I’m just going to keep playing my game until I get there.”


The dedication and desire to be great is what schools across the country see in Johnson. According to Johnson, the 6’7”, 190-pound shooting guard has received offers from Maryland, South Florida, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, Providence, Georgetown, Rutgers, St. John’s, DePaul, Marquette and Virginia.


Of the teams interested in Johnson’s talents, he said Missouri, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Clemson and Miami are all “coming at me hard.”


Despite the interest stemming from all over, Johnson has yet to narrow down his top college destinations. He is trying to keep an open mind through the process.


“I don’t have a top four. I’m open for everyone,” he said.


The Terps have already made Johnson an offer, and have made consistent contact with him ever since. Keith Booth, the sixth-year assistant coach on Gary Williams’ staff at Maryland, has been helping Johnson realize that he could be a great fit for the team, and Maryland could be a great place  for Johnson.


“Maryland fits my expectations,” Johnson said. “I can bring scoring and getting my team involved. By me coming into the program, I can be an impact player from day one.”


Johnson compared himself to NBA rookie Evan Turner, who recently was drafted No. 2 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. At Ohio State, Turner was an All-American and won the AP National Player of the Year, averaging over 20 points per game, six assists and nine rebounds during the 2009-10 season. Johnson feels he fits the same bill as Turner.


“I’m an all around player. I’m versatile. I don’t have a set position. I play the one through five. I’m 6’7”, but most importantly, I’m a scorer. Scoring comes easy to me,” he said.


Johnson has not scheduled a visit to College Park yet.

TerrapinTimes Top Stories