Johnson To Visit The Deacs

James Johnson's summer has him being recruited by some of the top schools in the country. DeaconSports.com spoke with his high school coach to get the scoop on where the 6-8, 215-pound PF stands in his recruitment.

Wake Forest is in need of a power forward and it seems James Johnson has become one of their top targets at the position. The Cheyenne (WY) East product has even scheduled a visit to Wake Forest.

"He is going to Wake Forest. It's an unofficial visit," Johnson's high school coach, David Artery, said.

"They have been in here and have been talking to him since last year and they've been in contact for a couple of years now," Artery continued. "I know he likes Wake Forest but I know he likes some other schools as well. He's wide open right now."

Wake Forest as well as Wyoming, Cincinnati, Maryland, Kansas and Bradley are the schools that Coach Artery thinks have been recruiting him the hardest. The other schools involved are Nebraska, Arizona State, Boston College, Georgetown, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

"I think most of them have," he said when asked who had offered. "I can't say for sure because they aren't offering me a scholarship. I think all of them have pretty much."

Johnson is scheduled to take a practice test then the ACT's in early September. After he takes the test he will likely begin setting up official visits. Since his recruitment has taken off recently Johnson isn't rushing his decision.

"Last time I talked to him about he said he was going to wait a while. I would say once he goes on these visits to the schools that he wants to go see in October. I wouldn't doubt him making a commitment after that, but who knows."

His play this summer had coaches all over the country scrambling to see the 6-8, 215-pound during the evaluation period. Coach Artery said he wasn't surprised with Johnson's recent blow up.

"I think I saw it coming. People around Wyoming and Northern Colorado have known James Johnson for a long time and I think finally he was given the opportunity to play in front of some people in other parts of the nation and he showed his game to other people. I was really proud of the way he played this summer."


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