Johnson Preparing For WFU

Fresh off a fantastic summer that vaulted James Johnson into's top 100, the 6-foot-8 215-pound PF has his high school team at 10-3 and he ranks among the best in the state in virtually every statistical category.

A big-time athlete with a great mid-range game, James Johnson is the gem of Wake Forest's recruiting class. He proved himself a top prospect at Nike All-American camp this summer and his high school season should only improve his ranking.

"He's playing great," Cheyenne (WY) East coach Damon Artery said. "He's getting everyone involved and leads the state in assists."

"He recorded his second triple-double last weekend. He's had three or four other games where he's been one assist or one rebound away from a triple-double. He's been right around that area."

Johnson, who averages 20.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game, is the gem of Wake Forest's recruiting class and there were rumblings that he might not end up a Demon Deacon.

Coach Artery nixed those rumors. "Everything is solid," he said by phone on Wednesday.

Wake Forest got in early with Johnson due to a connection Pat Kelsey had with one of Johnson's high school assistant coaches. The Demon Deacons were announced the leader early in the process and they closed the deal shortly after his official visit.

"The school itself being a small school and a small setting James visited in early September and he liked the setting, liked the coaches and liked the players. He liked everything about it."

"I think there was a combination of things. I think Wake Forest especially Coach Kelsey and Coach Prosser did a good job of recruiting him. They were on him and straight forward with him the whole time and they were aggressive."

Over the summer Johnson stressed that he needed to get his grades in order. He must have taken that to heart as his coach said his grades have improved tremendously.

"He's doing exceptionally well in the classroom. We are all real proud of him for the way he's committed himself to getting his school work done."

With Johnson's athleticism and potential he possesses the talent to step in right away and play for Skip Prosser's squad next season.

"He's always up for a challenge. I think if James plays at that level he'll be challenged a lot and I think he's ready for the next level. I think he'll work hard enough to make sure that he is successful."

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