Kendrick Johnson talks about Gopher visit

Kendrick Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 225-pound power forward from Morton (TX) High, visited Minnesota this weekend. Johnson had committed to Texas Tech last November during the early signing period along with brother Calvin, a 6-foot-3 guard. However, the two decided to re-open their recruitment. Another commitment could be forthcoming. College Basketball News caught up with Kendrick during his visit to find the latest on his recruitment.

Kendrick Johnson led Morton to the Class A Division I high school boys basketball championship game, where they lost to Normangee 53-51 in overtime. Johnson scored 21 points in the loss as Morton finished 28-7. Johnson averaged 20.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game last season. Calvin averaged 20.2 points for the Indians.


I know it is early, but what have you thought of the visit so far?


"I love it the visit. The guys seem pretty good. I get along with everybody. I went downtown and it was great."


You went to Copeland's restaurant downtown, right?


"That was great. The food was great. It was fun. We went to Frat Row. We got to see how college life really is. It was crazy. I loved it."


Do you have any other visits planned?


"Well, not right now. Me and my coach are talking about it and he is supposed to be setting up a few more. But, I'm pretty sure after this, I know where my home is going to be."


Do you think that you might even commit this weekend?


"I don't know about this weekend, but there is a better good chance that I might be coming back."


You had previously mentioned Stanford and Purdue. Are they still in the mix?


"Yes, sir."


You played pretty well in the scrimmage today. Does that give you a little more confidence that you can play at this level?


"Yes, sir, It does."


When I previously saw you play with your AAU team, you were more of an inside player, but here you showed a nice outside touch. Is that something you have been working on?


"I work on all parts of my game. My shot is one of the main ones, because you have bigger opponents that you have to bring out and shoot the three. Then you have post moves to use against a smaller player. All my game is coming in, so I'll be all right.


What other things are you working on to improve your game?




Have the Gopher coaches made a home visit yet?


"They came this past Tuesday."


Johnson committed to Texas Tech along with his brother last November. However, they decided to re-open their recruitment.


"They had heard that we were looking at other school and they took it wrong."


Johnson said that he and Calvin would like to play together, but he is open to playing without him next season.


"I want to go to the same school, but I am willing to look at other places."


Johnson took the SAT once and is planning on taking it again. He hopes to major in computer technology.

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