Johnson Focused On Grades

Prior to James Johnson's blow up at Nike All-American Camp Wake Forest was all over him, however his grades may pose a problem for the Demon Deacons. DeaconSports.com has the scoop.

Not many schools knew much about James Johnson at the beginning of the summer, but now the kick boxer turned big time basketball recruit is hearing from high majors across the country.

Among the schools that have been checking in with the 6-8, 215 pound PF are Nebraska, Arizona State, Maryland, Boston College, Georgetown, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Kansas and Tennessee.

"It ended up a lot bigger than I expected," Tree Adams, who is Johnson's AAU coach, said. "He ended up with everything from predominantly every school in the Big 12 calling, the ACC, the Big East and the Pac-10. His whole recruitment kind of just went off the charts."

According to his coach all the schools after him have offered although he said a few of them have yet to see him play.

"It's kind of interesting because a lot of people that are recruiting him have actually never seen the kid play strictly because they are so busy watching other kids. Like everything else they are looking at these recruiting services and realizing how good he is."

Wake Forest was on him prior to his blow up at Nike All-American Camp, and they are one of the schools under heavy consideration. However, it's evident that Johnson still has some academic issues to take care of, so is Wake Forest a serious option?

"I know their coaching staff is going to continue to recruit him hard, but again its one of those situations where is it a great fit? The only person that knows that is James."

"They are on top of him recruiting wise, just like everybody else," Adams said about Wake Forest. "Everybody is going to his high school practices and watching him work out. That's what pretty much everybody is doing at this time."

According to his coach, Johnson still has to address his academic issues before he'll be able to make a college decision. He will likely take his ACT soon, so he can begin taking official visits.

One of Johnson's assistant coaches, Fly Johnson, has been pushing the Demon Deacons and coach Adams doesn't necessarily agree with it in the long run.

"Fly Johnson, his assistant coach, is from Wake Forest. So Fly is pushing him in that direction, do I agree with it no," Adams said. "It's a great academic school and it's not a matter of he couldn't do it. I just think it would be too much pressure on him to hold up to those standards.

"I think it would be just too much. Like right now he would go from the small environment he's used to, to one of the highest academic schools in the country. Not every school is good for those type of players."

While Adams said he doesn't necessarily think that Wake Forest is the best fit for Johnson, he said that ultimately Johnson will have to make that decision. Before he can make that decision Johnson is going to have to get down to business.

"It's exciting for him, I know it is," Adams said about his recruitment. "But the only thing that is on his mind right now is trying to make sure he's eligible so he can make a good choice to where he wants to go to school. School wise he has options right now, but he doesn't know what he wants to do.


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