Ravern Johnson commits to MSU

Mississippi's Mr. Basketball (per The Clarion-Ledger), Coahoma County High School's Ravern Johnson (6-7, 190), has committed to Mississippi State basketball.

"I am going to commit to Mississippi State tonight (Sunday night)," said Ravern, Scout.com's 5th ranked small forward in the class of 2007.

He explained his reasons for choosing the Bulldogs.

"They play the type ball that I normally play," said Ravern Johnson, who, as a junior, averaged 23.0 points per game and also shot an excellent 84.3% from the free-throw line. "I also didn't want to go far from home and Mississippi State is the closet. My mom and coaches can come see me play. And that was a good choice."

Ravern reached his final decision a couple of weeks ago.

"Two weeks ago when me and (Coahoma County head basketball) Coach (Isaiah Peterson) sat down and talked, he asked me what I felt was the best choice for me. I told him Mississippi State," said the youngster who is also a great student in the classroom.

Ravern gives Coach Peterson a lot of credit for the improvement in his game over the past few years.

"(Coach Peterson) has played a big role in my career," noted the small forward who has been coached by Peterson since he was a freshman. "He pushes me to get the best out of me. And he just wants to see me make it to the next level and the level after that."

And when you see what Coach Peterson says about the youngster, you come away with very little doubt that he will make it to the level beyond college.

"He's the best that I have coached in my 40 years of coaching," said the veteran coach.

Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep is just as impressed after seeing Ravern on the national scene.

"He's one of those guys that I don't think the secret is fully out yet. He first came on the scene last year," said Dave. "He has one of those long, thin Corey Brewer type bodies. He's a perimeter shooter who I think, by the end of the spring, you will have seen him make his move (up the national rankings). Provided he plays well enough, he's a guy who will get strong consideration for our (national) top-50. He's one of those guys that you don't necessarily want to call a late bloomer, but he's coming on the scene and peaking at the right time.

"I think Ravern Johnson is one of those guys who I fully expect to hear a lot about. And maybe he is capable of a Corey Brewer rise from the spring to the summer. That is up to him."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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