Loving Wisconsin's Atmosphere

One of a number of high-ranking unofficial visitors in town for Wisconsin's two-point win over Michigan State, Minneapolis De La Salle four-star point guard Jarvis Johnson came away impressed with the Kohl Center's electric atmosphere.

MADISON - Having been recruited by Wisconsin for a number of months, Minneapolis De La Salle junior Jarvis Johnson has already developed a solid relationship with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan and associate coach Greg Gard, but the four-star point guard had yet to take in a Badgers basketball game until this past weekend.

Having the mindset that Wisconsin had a typically older crowd at its basketball games, Johnson's eyes were understandably opened in a raucous atmosphere Sunday during Wisconsin's 60-58 victory over No.9 Michigan State.

"I really enjoyed my time there," Johnson told BadgerNation. "It was really fun. It was great to see the crowd involved in the game. The atmosphere was just nuts. I didn't think (the environment) was going to be what I saw. It's surprising to see that many people come out to support the team. It made me even more interested in them."

With Wisconsin losing a pair of scholarship guards, Johnson – ranked the No.13 point guard in the 2015 class – has become the Badgers' top target at the position. Watching point guard Traevon Jackson work on Sunday, Johnson sees the importance of the position in a Ryan-coached offense.

"Everything runs through the guards, so I am kind of used to it," said Johnson. "My high school team likes to get everybody involved, and that's how (Wisconsin does) also."

Even before the weekend, Johnson knew how much Wisconsin liked him. Less than 48 hours before making the trip to see Wisconsin, both Ryan and Gard made the trip to see Johnson and his De La Salle team play Friday night.

"That showed that they really care and that they are really interested in me," said Johnson. "We won by about 25 or 30 to improve to 17-3, so they got to kind of see a blowout game, but it was still fun because they got to see me play at De La Salle for the first time."

In addition to Wisconsin, Johnson says he's hearing the most from Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas, Marquette, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State and UCLA. He has offers from all those schools except Kansas (where he visited for Late Night at the Phog), Michigan State and UCLA. He doesn't plan to narrow his list until after the AAU season.

Johnson said prior to his junior season that his main goal was to become a better passer, defender and player in transition. With the state playoffs approaching, Johnson is seeing his hard work start to pay off.

"My shot has developed a lot, my play at the rim has developed a lot and my transition game has developed" said Johnson. "Everything has picked up."

Johnson has no future visits scheduled.


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