Hoops Recruiting: Karron Johnson

Oklahoma State commitment Karron Johnson and the Laurinburg Institute Tigers were beaten by the Christian Life Cougars, 67-48, in the third game of Friday night's Eskimo Joe's Shootout at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Johnson, a 6-foot-8 power forward, showed good hustle as he dived for loose balls and was aggressive when going for rebounds. He finished with 16 points, one rebound and one assist.

Laurinburg head coach Guy Ikpah knows something of what it means to play in Gallagher Iba Arena having played for Oklahoma State from 2000-2001.

"You can't put a price on playing in Gallagher-Iba Arena," Ikpah said. "Karron said his first instance when he came here he fell in love with Oklahoma State, as does everyone that comes here.

"Travis Ford is a hell of a coach. Travis Ford is going to develop him and Travis Ford is going to give him a chance to be a very very good player."

Johnson said that he was very excited to be playing on Eddie Sutton Court for the first time.

"Tough game," Johnson said. "First time playing in a big arena like that so I gotta get used to it. I love the floor, I love the school, everything is great. I just have to adjust to playing on that big floor. It was great. I had a ball. If only we had won."

While Johnson said he hopes to help early with the Cowboys, he knows that he still has plenty to improve on.

"Well my attitude for one," Johnson said. "My attitude, and my outside perimeter game. I am pretty strong in the post, just have to work on my ball handling and shooting the ball."

Laurinburg teammate Roscoe Davis also played well as the 7-footer pulled down seven rebounds and scored 16 points. After the game, Ikpah said that Oklahoma State is also competing for Davis's services.

"Roscoe Davis is being recruited by Oklahoma State," Ikpah said. "That is his favorite."

When asked whether he had a list of favorite schools, Davis said that Oklahoma State, Memphis, and North Carolina State were his top three.

"I really can't say (about a favorite) because I haven't been on a lot of visits," Davis said. "But this is one of the places I am considering. I think I am going to be pulling for Oklahoma State."

Johnson said he would be happy if Davis joined him at Oklahoma State. "We are trying to win a championship," Johnson said. "So you gotta bring the best guys in. We talked about the style of play and how the team gets up and down and he liked that too."

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