Girard College defeated Kennedy Catholic, 80-70, in the PIAA Class A boys' basketball title game, and 6-foot-1 sophomore point guard John Johnson led the way with 30 points on 11-for-18 shooting from the field. The Cavaliers captain also had seven steals and five assist. He had 37 points in the semifinals.
The Pittsburgh coaching staff appreciated that performance, as well as the 2-2-1 pressure defense that Girard College played to forced 22 turnovers, and secured a verbal commitment from Johnson for its 2011 recruiting class. Johnson actually can sign a letter-of-intent in November, 2010.
"John Johnson is just the type of player who flourishes in Pitt's program,'' Girard College coach Tyrone Morris said. "He's intelligent, a great leader and a very good point guard. John felt like Pitt could be a home away from home for him, and he already felt like part of their family there.''
Johnson is Pitt's first commitment to the 2011 class. He visited Pitt last month. For 2010, the Panthers have secured commitments from point guard Isaiah Epps and shooting guard Cameron Wright. A two-time Associated Press Class A all-state selection, Johnson averaged 21.3 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 steals.
Johnson reportedly selected Pitt despite other offers from Drexel, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Penn State, St. Joseph's, Villanova and Virginia Tech. Coach Morris noted that several other Big East schools -- Louisville, Marquette, Providence and St. John's -- also showed some interest in Johnson.
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