Damian Johnson could be the next Gopher BB verbal

Damian Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Thibodaux (LA) High, emerged in the late part of the summer at the AAU nationals and Super Showcase in Orlando. He impressed the coaches of some of the top programs in the country. Likewise, he was impressed with his recent visit to Minnesota and he told College Basketball News that he could commit soon. Johnson visited Minnesota this past weekend and attended the Gophers' football game versus Illinois State.

Damian Johnson led his team to the 2004 Louisiana High School regional playoffs before losing to Huntington. He is an athletic forward who is aggressive at taking the ball to the hoop. He needs to continue to get stronger and improve his outside shot.


This is your first visit. Have you set up any others visits yet?


"I set up a visit for Texas A&M for October 2nd. I'm supposed to set one with Baylor and Tennessee, but you never know. This one might be my last one."


You've liked the visit so far? What so far have you seen?


"I like the campus environment and the big city around it. I like the coaching staff, too and I get along with the players."


You were not a well-known player nationally before Orlando, where you opened up a lot of eyes. Is that where you got a lot of the attention?


"Yes, sir. After Orlando, Minnesota called. Baylor. Texas A&M. LSU called. Georgetown called more. They had called after the Kingwood (a AAU tournament held in Houston during the spring). Tennessee started calling, too."


What AAU team did you play for?


"In the nationals and at the Kingwood Classic, I played for the LT Rockets. In the Super Showcase, I played for the Gulf Coast Stars."


Would you have to say that Minnesota has the lead right now?


"Yes, sir. Probably so."


How did you do on the ACT or SAT?


"I got a 21."


How would you describe yourself as a player?


"I'm a slasher who likes to get to the hoop. I'm not afraid to go up against big men. I pride myself on my defense. I was voted the top defensive player in the district."


What would you like to major in?

"Chemical engineering."

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