2008 Intro: Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson put together a big year for the Ironmen of Cherryville and he's getting some serious interest from a handful of ACC and SEC schools.

Justin Johnson is trying to turn high-major looks into high-major offers. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound post player led Cherryville (NC) High to a 27-5 record and one win away from the state championship game.

"I was very, very impressed with myself during the season," Johnson said. "I overcame a lot of controversy and I had a lot of stuff to prove from last year and I think I played very good."

"I think our season went pretty good and I think we could have finished up a lot better if we had more heart. It'll just make us work harder for next year."

Johnson, who averaged 28.8 points a game for the Ironmen, is getting a lot of attention from college coaches and picked up recent scholarship offers from Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern.

"I'm loving it," he said of the process. "Coaches have been coming to see me play up in Cherryville and I just love it. I love every minute of it because this is only something that can happen once in your lifetime so I'm taking advantage of it."

High-majors schools are keeping tabs on the him as well. Georgia, Clemson, North Carolina State and Wake Forest were all in to check him out this season and are the ones showing the most interest.

Due to AAU and the high school season just ending, Johnson hasn't had a chance to take any unofficial visits, but hopes to find time soon. He did mention staying close to home would be a plus.

"One reason I like Wake Forest is because it's a private school and it's very small. They're showing a lot of interest. On a scale one to ten they are showing about an 8."

"I like them a lot," he continued. "It's not too far away from home, but it's far enough where I can be away from home and go back if I want too. It's the same with Clemson and N.C. State."

Johnson plans to run with the Carolina Aces this spring. This weekend they'll hit the road to play in the Charlie Weber Classic.

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