Ricardo Johnson: "We Know What it Takes"

Junior Ricardo Johnson has his eyes on the ultimate prize - a state championship. The 6'5" and 190 pound guard/forward has reached near that summit, but was unable to stand on top. Last year, Covington Holmes High School reached the title game before losing 57-48 to Kentucky Wildcat signee Darius Miller's Mason County Royals.

Junior Ricardo Johnson has his eyes on the ultimate prize - a state championship. The 6'5" and 190 pound guard/forward has reached near that summit, but was unable to stand on top. Last year, Covington Holmes High School reached the title game before losing 57-48 to Kentucky Wildcat signee Darius Miller's Mason County Royals. Kentucky does not have a class system and crowns only one state champion.

Johnson told RedHawk Insider, "Our goal is to win the state championship. We lost in the title game so we know what it takes to get back."

Johnson and his teammate Elijah Pittman, also a junior, make up the best 1-2 punch in the northern Kentucky area and maybe the entire state.

Last year as a sophomore, Johnson averaged 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. He was the team's second leading scorer behind Pittman.

Johnson said he can play either guard or forward. Johnson stated, "I am athletic. I play hard." He likens his game to Kobe Bryant. "I am smooth," said Johnson, "I can turn it on and off. I do not have any weaknesses." Johnson added, "I work on everything, but mostly on ball handling. I am quick to the basket, can shoot from outside, defend, slash, and play the post a little."

In college, Johnson wants to play shooting guard. "I want to create plays and hit shots."

This Sunday night at Northern Kentucky University, #2 ranked Holmes takes on #1 ranked Scott County High School out of Georgetown (near Lexington). Scott County features some of the top players in Kentucky: Richie Phares (Miami target), Ge'Lawn Guyn (Miami target), Dakota Euton (UK verbal), and Chad Jackson. Johnson said, "(Scott County) is going to be good. A lot of top players on the floor at the same time." Johnson and Pittman played summer AAU ball with Guyn on the Kentucky Players so they all know each other well. It is very likely these two teams will face each other again in March.

Next year, Johnson plans to stay with the Kentucky Players during the summer.

Johnson gave a long list of schools that are already showing interest. They include Miami (OH), Xavier, Cincinnati, Butler, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Georgetown (KY) College, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Iowa, South Florida, Louisville, Wright State, and Indiana. Johnson said he believes Kentucky and Butler are close to offering him a scholarship.

Johnson has taken a visit to Xavier. Johnson said, "The visit went great. It was like my high school." He plans to visit Louisville, Butler, Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky in the future.

Personally, Johnson described himself as outgoing. He said, "I like to hang out and just enjoy myself, anything to stay out of trouble. I am not a trouble kid."

Academically, Johnson has a 2.6 GPA in his core classes and 2.9 overall. He has taken the ACT and is waiting on his results. Johnson states that he "works real hard in the classroom."

Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we will continue to follow Johnson's junior season and recruitment.


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