Johnnie Vassar has taken a very unique path to get to where he is today. The three-star point guard is on pace to attend four different high schools in four years.
As a freshman, he attended Lawrence Academy in Massachusetts before going to La Lumiere in Indiana for his sophomore year. Last season, Vassar was at Milton High School in Georgia and plans on attending JSerra Catholic in California next year.
Vassar says the moves were mostly due to his parents and not character issues. His mother got relocated for a job in Georgia last year and his father currently lives in California.
Vassar played limited minutes for his AAU team, the Oakland Soldiers, at the Nike EYBL session in Dallas, but he paid close attention to the games and learned about where he stands amongst his peers.
"These tournaments have a lot of competition," he said. "It gives me a chance to see how I match up with all the best players in the country. It's an excellent opportunity to get better."
Vassar has picked up offers from DePaul, Illinois, USC, and SMU. Although Jerrance Howard played a big role in his early recruitment, the other SMU coaches are still making a push to sign the Chicago native.
"I like SMU," he said. "I'm looking at a lot of different schools right now, so my interest level isn't too high with any one school. But I do like them."
Like every recruit, Vassar was especially complimentary of Larry Brown and the rest of his staff. The 6-foot, 160-pounder was very close with Howard, who left for Kansas last week, but still sees SMU as a possible fit.
"I have talked to the SMU coaching staff a little bit," he said. "I talked to coach Larry Brown. I like the way they talk to me and where their mindset is about the program."
Vassar is known for being a very good defender and mid-range shooter. He is constantly making plays with his athleticism and explosiveness. This summer, he plans to work on his outside shooting and ball control.
His mentor is former NBA player and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith. Smith has helped Vassar with the recruiting process and told the fellow point guard to focus on play style, academics and the coaching staff when making a college decision.
The loss of Howard will hurt SMU in the race for Vassar, but the chance to play for Brown in Dallas could tempt the point guard to join the Hilltop regardless.
3-Star Point Guard Holds SMU Offer
Pony Stampede Top Stories
2018 offensive lineman has SMU near the topBilly talked with 2018 Highland Park (Tex.) offensive lineman Thomas Shelmire about his recent SMU visit and recruitment.
Pony StampedeYesterday at 9:00 AM
Three Up Three Down: SMU vs. TCUPatrick picks three ups and three downs from SMU's 33-3 loss vs. TCU on Friday night at Ford Stadium.
Pony StampedeFriday at 9:00 PM
Rapid Reaction: SMU vs. TCUSMU lost to TCU 33-3 on Friday night at Ford Stadium to drop to 2-2 on the season.
Pony StampedeFriday at 2:29 PM
FREE Pony Stampede Hilltop Review: Sept. 23Come inside this free edition of the Pony Stampede Hilltop Review with the latest on SMU commits and visitors from last week's win over Liberty.
Pony StampedeFriday at 6:00 AM
Elijah Landrum talks commitment to SMU2017 point guard Elijah Landrum talked with Pony Stampede about his decision to commit to SMU.