HOOPS RECRUITING: Sampson gets his man

Amarillo, Texas guard Austin Johnson talks about his commitment to Oklahoma. Johnson chose the Sooners over Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and USC.

Austin Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard from Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, committed to Oklahoma Wednesday giving the Sooners three verbals during the early signing period. All three will sign with he Sooners during the first signing period. Earlier this evening, I was able to track down Johnson and get his thoughts on being a Sooner.

JH: After your recent visit you said that you liked OU a great deal, but you weren't sure when you would make a decision. However, today you decided to commit to OU. What prompted your decision?

AJ: "I have always liked OU and when I took my visit there I liked it even more. Coach Sampson said that they liked me as well, but they wanted me to go home and think things over. After a couple of days at home I decided that Oklahoma was where I wanted to play my college basketball, so I called Coach Sampson and told him that I wanted to commit. I really like everything about OU. I like the facilities, coaches and the players. OU is one of the best programs in the country. Plus, when I went to the football game I saw the greatest fan support in the country. If they will support our basketball program like that then the atmosphere at our games is going to be incredible."

JH: You are considered an excellent shooter and scorer, so I am sure you have noticed that in Coach Sampson's offense a good outside shooter can always get open?

AJ: "Yes, that is something that I noticed right away. I watched a lot of film of Hollis Price when he was here and he was a great shooter. He always got open and Coach Sampson came up with different ways to get him open shots. Coach Sampson has told me that I will have the opportunity to shoot the ball at Oklahoma."

Johnson, who averaged 27.9 points per game, eight rebounds and seven assist per game last season, chose the Sooners over Baylor, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and USC.

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