Sophomore Gibson Johnson is coming off what he considers a dream season at Salt Lake Community College.
The Bruins finished the year 31-8 and won the 2016 NJCAA National Championship by defeating Hutchison CC 74-64 at Hutchison.
"It was special," said Johnson. "When you win a title like that, you can't do anything better on the court. That's the best."
Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, averaged 12 points and 5.6 rebounds while playing 23 minutes per night. He also shot 55% from the field and 30% from 3-point range. He was named second-team All-Region.
"I had a good year, but it's not about me," he stated. "We had a really good team and a lot of our players got to play. I'm more worried about my team's accomplishments, and we won the title."
How would Johnson describe his game?
"I grew up a guard," he said. "I was 5'10 as a sophomore in high school so growing up I was a shooting guard known for my three-point shot. At the end of high school I grew six inches in six months. I started getting taller, and the coordination and skill development stayed with me.
"I feel I'm best as a stretch four-man because I can shoot from the perimeter, but I do have a good post game so I think can present mismatches for defenses. If they put a big guy on me I can take him outside, and I feel like I can make plays in the post against smaller defenders."
The next question for Johnson is where will he continue his basketball career. He had several offers, including an offer from UT-Martin... where new NC State assistant Heath Schroyer was the head coach.
"That is how NC State became involved," said Johnson. "I developed a relationship with Heath Schroyer when he was at UT Martin. He offered me a scholarship there, but I felt like I could play on a higher level. I didn't have a lot of interest. When he left for NC State I congratulated him and he said he wanted to continue to recruit me.
"Then we started talking more and after talking with the rest of the staff they felt it could be a good fit for me. So, they want me to come out and see what the school is about."
According to Johnson, he has scheduled an official visit to NC State on May 9th and he has high interest in the Wolfpack.
"We set the visit a couple of days ago," he added. "I'm excited about it. What basketball player, as a competitor, wouldn't want to play against the best? NC State is a great program, and they play the best competition. Also, from what I've heard the staff is great so I'm excited to go out and see the school."
Others involved include Hawaii, UC Santa Barbara, and Southern Utah among others, but Johnson appears to be focused on two programs.
"I would say I've got it sort of narrowed down to Hawaii and NC State," he said. "Those are the two I'm the most interested in."
He recently completed his official visit to Hawaii and raved about the trip.
"Hawaii was a lot of fun," Johnson stated. "The coaching staff was amazing. They are really good guys. I like the staff a lot.
"The pitch from them was the school. They showed me around and showed me the campus. They didn't pressure me a whole lot. They told me about the opportunity I would have there."
Johnson will have two years of eligibility remaining, and he plans on making a decision after his trip to NC State.null