With the early departure of junior PG Phil Pressey, the Missouri Tigers appear to be intent on signing another ball handler who can come in and play this year. Later this weekend, Missouri will host 2013 PG Nigel Johnson 6’1” 175 Upper Marlboro (MD) Riverdale Baptist on an unofficial visit. ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Johnson and his high school coach Louis Wilson.
Johnson recently decommitted from George Washington, and he has drawn interest from a number of schools, including Missouri.
Johnson and his mother expect to arrive at Missouri on Sunday (4-21-13). He doesn’t have a Missouri offer, but he hopes to receive one on his visit. He indicated that if the Tigers offer, he would likely sign with Missouri by mid-week.
Johnson identified Missouri as his “top school”.
Seton Hall offered Johnson a scholarship during his official visit there last weekend. Kansas State wants him to visit. He has already taken three official visits. His official visit to Missouri will be his fourth.
Riverdale Baptist Head Coach Louis Wilson talked about Johnson. He said that he anticipates that Missouri will offer Johnson on his official visit.
“I believe that’s the way it works,” explained Coach Wilson. “I believe that’s the way it’s going to work. He had gotten an official offer from Seton Hall last weekend when he was up there for a visit…………………………………………….. I believe it’s going to happen this weekend.”
Coach Wilson said that the opportunity at George Washington remains available to Johnson.
“That door is definitely not closed,” explained Coach Wilson, referring to George Washington.
Coach Wilson said that Johnson is a “terrific three-point shooter”.
“He can really stroke it,” said Coach Wilson, talking about Johnson’s three-point ability. “He’s good from about twenty-five (feet) and in. He can really shoot it! He’s got great range, and great accuracy! He’s really good. He’s really a terrific, terrific three-point shooter!”
Coach Wilson was very complimentary of Johnson regarding his work ethic. He continued with his evaluation of Nigel Johnson.
“He can guard the one (or) the two,” said Coach Wilson. “He’s very, very quick. He’s got quick feet. He’s got good hand-eye coordination. He’s good at getting deflections………………………………………… He’s sneaky, cat-quick.”