Johnson Picks NC State

NC State was left with virtually no depth at the point guard position after the transfer of Ryan Harrow, but the Wolfpack looked to solve that problem today by picking up a commitment from Cal State Bakersfield guard Alex Johnson.

NC State was left with virtually no depth at the point guard position after the transfer of Ryan Harrow, but the Wolfpack looked to solve that problem today by picking up a commitment from Cal State Bakersfield guard Alex Johnson.

"I've committed to NC State," said Johnson. "The visit went great, and the town is very nice. It seems like a real college town. The coaches, I was really impressed with them. My visit was short notice and they had everything ready for my visit. That was pretty good and showed that they wanted me.

"Just judging from coach Gottfried's character it seems like he's a great coach, and I just like the vibe of coach Lutz. He seems like one of those guys that can get the best out of me."

Johnson, who just completed his redshirt junior season, is a transfer who will be eligible to play right away for the Wolfpack after graduating this spring. Because he has his degree, NCAA rules allow Johnson to transfer to another school and play right away as long as he pursues a graduate degree not currently offered by Cal State Bakersfield.

In 2010-2011 he played 31 minutes a night for the Roadrunners, averaging 13.3 points and 2.4 assists. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder knocked down a team-high 79 3-pointers, and he ended his career at CSUB No. 2 all-time in three-pointers made (165).

He also finished second on the team in assists (2.4) and steals (1.1).

Johnson developed a reputation coming out of Toronto, Canada playing for Ro Russell's Grassroots Canada AAU program. Russell believes that Johnson is more than capable of playing on the ACC level.

"No doubt about it," said Russell. "He's played against great players on AAU and in college. He was being looked at by some very good schools but qualified in July and at that point those programs had signed other players. Alex was ready to go to college so he took the first scholarship available at that time.

"He started for us and played in the same backcourt with Junior Cadougan, who is at Marquette. Alex is a fiery competitor, has great leadership skills, and he is an outstanding outside shooter."

Johnson will provide the Wolfpack with another option at guard that they desperately need. NC State is expected to play sophomore Lorenzo Brown at point guard, but the only other true scholarship guards on the roster are senior C.J. Williams and freshman Jaqawn Raymond, and both of them project better at shooting guard.

"We really didn't talk about playing time," said Johnson. "They weren't going to lie to me. They said there is an opportunity there if I work hard but they weren't going to promise me I would start or anything like that."

Pack Pride will have more on Johnson in the near future so stay tuned!


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