For 6-6 shooting guard Durand Johnson, Pitt was always the team. It was just a matter of finding the right time to make it official Monday was that time, as Johnson picked up the phone to give head coach Jamie Dixon the news.
"It was a great fit, a perfect fit in every way," Johnson said. "I didn't want to wait anymore. I love the setup, and I couldn't find anything wrong."
When he notified Dixon, Johnson was impressed all the more. He was not expecting head coach Dixon and assistant coach Pat Skerry to be as excited as they were.
"They are real excited," Johnson said. "I called Coach Dixon first. Coach Skerry, he e-mailed me through the whole process. He was great."
One other thing that stood out to Johnson was the academic-side of Pitt.
"Their (basketball) reputation played a big part," Johnson added. "but the way they preach academics there, it just seemed like a nice academic environment to be able to succeed in."
Johnson says now that his decision is out of the way, he can not only focus on his senior year at Brewster Academy, but he can also enjoy his visits to Pittsburgh, with no worry about having to make a decision. He'll be able to learn more about the school. He is planning at least two of those trips in the fall, but with the start of his senior year, he's unsure of when that might be.
As far as his future position at Pitt?
"I'm a combo, two/three type of player," Johnson said. "I can also play the play. I'm versatile enough."
In addition to that, he has a history with current Pitt players J.J. Moore and Ashton Gibbs, and is looking forward to playing with them for the 2011-12 season.
"I have played with J.J. Moore before," Johnson said. "I've known Ashton Gibbs, from last year. Me and Ashton have been building a relationship."
Johnson averaged 16 points a game as a junior for Brewster Academy. On the AAU circuit, as a member of Cecil Kirk, Johnson averaged 30 points and seven rebounds a game.