Wisconsin the Latest for Johnson

Looking to continue its high success rate recruiting the state of Minnesota, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan extended an offer to Minneapolis De La Salle junior point guard Jarvis Johnson after watching the four-star prospect compete in person.

After being in contact with Minneapolis De La Salle junior point guard Jarvis Johnson for months, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan finally saw enough in Johnson at the Nike Peach Jam to extend the four-star point guard an offer on Wednesday.

"My interest level in Wisconsin is pretty high so when they offered I was excited to got the offer from Wisconsin," Johnson told Badger Nation. "Bo Ryan offered me and he was just telling me that he liked the way I can move up and down the floor and that he likes my athleticism. He also told me he could tell my shot has improved."

While playing well in front of Wisconsin's head coach for the AAU Howard Pulley Panthers last week, Johnson has already impressed associate head coach Greg Gard, who has actively recruited De La Salle since starting for the Badgers.

"Me and Coach Gard have been talking a lot even before they offered me," Johnson said. "We're still building our relationship but I would say it's a strong one so far. We usually talk about my game, what I can improve on and see why I made certain decisions, but we also talk about what I did well in games. I enjoy talking with him, I take what he tells me and try and put it in my game."

The six-foot point guard knows a little bit about the history of Wisconsin basketball because of a family connection and his friendship with former Wisconsin point guard, and Minneapolis native, Jordan Taylor.

"My aunt went to Wisconsin and she tells me about Madison," Johnson said. "I also know what they have done under Coach Ryan and it's impressive. Before he got to Madison I know there were some seasons where they struggled.

"Me and Jordan we use to play basketball together and we're cool with each other. When we would play together he would tell me how much he loved Wisconsin and how it got him prepared for the next level."

Claiming offers from Creighton, Iowa State, Minnesota, Penn State and others, Johnson says he is also currently hearing from Kansas, Michigan State, Marquette, Cincinnati and Notre Dame.

"Notre dame has been sending me emails," Johnson said. "I've been talking with Norm Robertson from Kansas and I've been talking pretty regularly with the Marquette coaches. This month has been good with getting the offer from Wisconsin and I've been getting some calls from coaches. It has been overwhelming at times but I've slowly started to get use to it and it's been fun so far."

Although ranked the No.10 point guard in his class by Fox Sports Next, Johnson is still looking to make large strides in his game, and is spending the July evaluation period trying to better himself as a leader on the court.

"I like to get out in transition and get the basketball to my open teammates and I've become a better on the ball defender," Johnson said. "I would say I'm good at finding my open teammates in transition to get some easy points. Even though I want to improve all of my game I'm focusing on improving my shot and staying in shape."

The Badgers could have up to five scholarships in the 2015 class, two of which could go to guards. Wisconsin has offered guards Charles Matthews and Aaron Jordan in the class.


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