Pack Making A Push For Johnson?

Bloomington, IN.--The 6-foot-5 point guard, Marques Johnson, has been playing ball on the AAU circuit for quite a long time.

Bloomington, IN.--The 6-foot-5 point guard, Marques Johnson, has been playing ball on the AAU circuit for quite a long time.

He even received his first scholarship offer before he ever enrolled in a high school. Just a few years after receiving his first offer, from Pittsburgh in the eighth grade, Johnson is in the midst of his last and most important summer.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana product plays AAU ball for Blessed IJN during the summer, and he has really stepped up his play as of late. Johnson is listed in's database as a shooting guard, but he plays point guard for his AAU team, and that's what he wants to play in college.

Blessed IJN head coach Eric Vaughn speaks highly of the 2006 player and said there aren't many guards that have the ability he has to go along with his size.

"He's one of the few big point guards in America, and he's one of the few good point guards that are left," Vaughn stated. "He's definitely one of the elite guards."

Vaughn even said that he expects Johnson to eventually be a pro, and that down the road he'll be the best of the '06 bunch.

"He's not your prototypical little guard. He's not going to beat you with flash. To be honest with you his best basketball is yet to come," Vaughn stated. "I think out of all the guards in his class, he'll be the best one, four years from now."

Johnson, who attends R. Nelson Snider High School, is ranked 58th overall in his class and has heard from a number of schools recently. Georgetown, Arkansas, Purdue, Illinois, Notre Dame, and NC State are recruiting him the hardest.

But Johnson said that NC State, Georgetown, and Arkansas are his top three schools. So what sticks out about his top three?

"I just recently really talked to coach Sendek quite a bit. He seems like a pretty nice guy," Johnson said. "I heard their facilities are real nice. I'm supposed to take an unofficial down there before Bob Gibbons."

Georgetown is the school that has been on Johnson the longest, but with a recent addition of Jeremiah Rivers, it's up in the air if they still have room for him. He said that their coaches are the main reason he has interest in them.

"Georgetown, I know that new coaching staff and it seems like I can come in and contribute and play a lot of time. So I like that about them," Johnson declared.

The Razorbacks are in Johnson's top three and that's mainly because of their facilities and how he has interacted with their coaching staff.

"When I went to the Arkansas tournament I took an unofficial there, and talked to the coaches and saw the facilities."

Johnson has yet to set up any official visits. He just took the SAT last Saturday, so he plans on taking his officials in the fall. The four-star recruit said that playing early and how comfortable he is with the coaching staff will be the biggest factors when he makes his decision.

But right now Johnson is going to continue to work hard and prepare for the next level.

"One thing that is going to set him apart, I think is his incredible work ethic. He really works hard," Vaughn, his AAU coach, said. "He gets up at 5:30 AM and shoots two or three hundred shots and goes over his ball handling."

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