BASKETBALL: Johnson Knows Roundball

Marques Johnson headed to the Reebok ABCD Camp this week with the pressure of the recruiting process off his back.

Marques Johnson
Johnson, a well rounded 6-5, 205 pound combo guard from Snider H.S. in Ft. Wayne, Ind., recently committed to Tennessee. He picked the Vols after taking an unofficial visit to Knoxville in June.

So what made Tennessee stand out over co-finalists Georgia Tech and N.C. State?

"The opportunity to play right away was attractive," he said.

While reaching the upper echelon of the SEC will likely be a challenge, Johnson was undaunted.

"Basically, Tennessee is a program that needs to be turned around," Johnson said. "Bruce Pearl is going to do that, and I want to be a part of it."

A bit of a throwback, Johnson doesn't wow you with great speed or big hops. He's a cerebral player who uses solid ball handling skills to either set up teammates or score.

"I play more like Deron Williams," Johnson said, when asked to compare himself to a current player. "I may not be the most athletic guy, but I am smart with the ball."

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