Karron Johnson: Ready To Sign With OSU

Karron Johnson signed with Oklahoma State out of high school two years ago but had to take a detour to junior college. The 6-8, 225-pound forward made an official visit to OSU this weekend. Now at Midland (Texas) College, Johnson is one of the nation's top junior college players entering the 2010-11 season. GoPokes.com has this exclusive interview with Johnson following his visit to OSU.

How was the visit to Oklahoma State this weekend?
Karron Johnson: It was wonderful. I've been up there on campus before and it's always good.

Did you leave with a better feeling about Oklahoma State than when you got there Friday?
Johnson: To be honest, before I left high school I already knew Oklahoma State was the place for me. I've always felt good about Oklahoma State and I've always wanted to go to Oklahoma State. So it's really kind of the same feeling that I've had from the beginning.

So is it safe to report that next Wednesday, Nov. 10, the first day of the early signing period, that you'll be signing with Oklahoma State?
Johnson (laughing): Unless something happens and I'm in the hospital and can't move, I'll be signing with Oklahoma State.

Why is Oklahoma State the best place for Karron Johnson?
Johnson: The style of play. How they get up and down and Coach (Travis) Ford gives opportunities for the forwards to create and shoot. I see myself being able to help with that aspect of the game. Also, when I took my first visit it was just one of the greatest places that you ever want to be. Coach (Butch) Pierre checks in with me as much as he can just to see how I'm doing and to see how school is going. They were the one school to stick with me.

LeBryan Nash also is expected to sign with Oklahoma State next week. What are you expectations next season when you and LeBryan Nash join the team?
Johnson: From the pieces that are already there and me and LeBryan Nash coming in, it'll be good. Hopefully we can take the team as far as the Sweet 16 or Final Four, maybe even a national championship. I'm not a selfish guy. I want the team to win. Some nights I may not do anything but play defense and Nash may be hotter than me, and I'll have no problem with that as long as we get the W.

NBA scouts have already been to some of your practices there at MIdland. If you have the type of season that projects you a late first-round draft choice or second-round selection will that change you decision to be at Oklahoma State next season?
Johnson: Honestly, right now, no it wouldn't. I believe that a year at Oklahoma State can do nothing but help me. I think a year at Oklahoma State and getting that extra year under my belt of collegiate experience and also the chance to play on the biggest stage. I'll be going to Oklahoma State no matter what.

You mention playing on the biggest stage, which is something you haven't been able to do the past two years in junior college. You'll be getting that opportunity at Oklahoma State as you'll be playing in front of huge crowds at Gallagher-Iba Arena and Allen Fieldhouse in Kansas, plus many of OSU's games are on national television. Does the chance to do that mean something to you?
Johnson: Of course. Some people may say they're OK with not playing on the big stage but if I can get that experience in college ... I think it'll be fun and maybe it'll help me in my career after Oklahoma State if I'm fortunate enough to play professional basketball. I'm really looking forward to it.

Do you have any messages for the Oklahoma State fans?
Johnson: Be ready for a good season next year. There's already going to be a lot of pressure, and I don't want to put too much pressure on us.

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