Johnson Talks About His Decision

Marcus Johnson spoke to UCONNInsider about his decision

It was another great night in the recruiting wars for the National Champions. Marcus Johnson, an athletic 6-foot-6 wing from Westchester High School in Los Angeles, California, gave a verbal commitment to Jim Calhoun's Connecticut basketball program. Johnson just took an official visit to Storrs this past weekend.

"I loved the campus," Johnson said. "But what I really loved were the players. They got along great. They made me feel great and wanted. I really enjoyed that."

Johnson said he gave the phone call this evening to Calhoun and assistant Tom Moore. "The coaches are great," Johnson said. "They made me feel comfortable. They were very happy when I told them I was committing."

The Connecticut commitment left Louisville and Syracuse out in the cold. And Johnson felt bad about doing it. "It was tough telling them no," Johnson said. "They have great coaches too and a great schools. But I had to do what was best for myself."

Johnson said he is progressing with his perimeter game. He shot over 70 percent from beyond the three-point line at the ABCD camp in Teaneck, New Jersey in early July. "I have been shooting the ball better for a while," Johnson said. "I shot the ball very well over the summer, including the last two tournaments of the summer.

"I am going to work more on my strength before I play for Connecticut. I think I can fit into their offense and be a part of helping the program right away."


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