White Plains' Big Man Chooses A School

Canisius picked up a verbal commitment from one of the more underrated post players in the greater New York City area recently ...

Canisius picked up a verbal commitment from one of the more underrated post players in the greater New York City area recently when Rishawn Johnson, the 6-foot-5, 275 pound power foward/center from White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y., pledged to the MAAC program.

Johnson was in Buffalo on his official visit the weekend of Jan. 20, and decided he had seen all the he needed to see.

"I decided on my visit up there," said Johnson. "I had some other offers, but I just had a gut feeling about it. I'm going with my instincts. I like the school and I feel like it's a good fit for me."

Others who had shown interest included St. Peter's, Wagner, L.I.U., and Rutgers.

Johnson is a player out of Westchester County who hasn't gotten a lot of recognition, all things considered, but has great tools. On the offensive end, he is a handful, a banger with a large frame, superior hands, and good footwork. He is very agile for his size and scores with both hands around the rim. He's bullishly strong, a very good passer out of the post, and has a strong feel for the game.

"He's a big-time rebounder," said White Plains coach Spencer Mayfield. "You have to guard him; he makes plays. He's a better athlete than people think, and he's a physical presence. He's a terrific passer, and he actually handles the ball very well, too."

Johnson is averaging 9.1 points and 10 rebounds for White Plains.

Johnson will have to continue to improve his conditioning for the next level. But he is an intriguing talent, and a nice find for Tom Parrotta's program.

"They feel I have a good all-around game: back to the basket and turnaround and face," said Johnson. "They feel that I'm a dominant big man."


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