Nori Johnson Draws More Interest

Last year he sort of flew under the radar but this year 2009 Byrnes SG Nori Johnson comes in as one of the top prospects in the Palmetto State in the AAAA ranks. We caught up with Johnson to talk about his game, offseason, and recruiting. So come inside and get the inside scoop on one of the most underrated prospects in the 2009 class.

Nobody has been more anxious to start the basketball season than Byrnes SG Nori Johnson. The 2009 prospect came into the season named one of the top AAAA prospects in the state and is looking to prove any doubters wrong after going under the radar last year. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Johnson to talk about it all in a recent interview.

"Yeah the offseason was good. I'm just glad to get the season rolling." In an effort to improve his game there were some areas that Johnson says he focused on to up his stock. "Really I worked hard on everything man but I focused more towards defense and ballhandling."

With the season just underway Johnson laid out what his goals were for his team as well as on a personal level as well. "As far as team goals we want to win the state championship. Everybody is wearing rings around here and we need to get one. (Laughs). Individually, I want to hopefully snag a few offers, find the best school for me, and sign in the spring."

The Rebels always have a tough schedule and this season is no different. There is one rival that always brings out the best in Johnson as well as a ton of fans in the stands. "This year it's Hillcrest simply because it's always intense and it never fails to be a good game."

On the recruiting front things have picked up a great deal since the last time we talked with Johnson. That upswing consists of a nice blend of schools. "Lately its been Elon and East Carolina coming after me the hardest. I get some stuff from NC State, Western Kentucky, and Charlotte a lot too."

Johnson says he recently visited the South Carolina Gamecocks a few weeks ago to check out the campus and facilities.

Just a couple games into the season Johnson offered this about his squad. "We did a lot of rebuilding and regrouping, so I'm pretty confident about this year."

He also informed us about what potential coaches will find out about him as a player and what he's looking for in a college. "I'm very a coachable, athletic player that can get the job done. I'd say the environment will be important. That and a school that makes me feel welcome."

Johnson's signature performance to date came last season against a Spartanburg squad who lost a heartbreaker in the AAAA state championship to Summerville that gained national coverage due to Zycorrian Robinson's 3/4 court shot being discounted after a discussion by the referee crew. "Yeah last year I had 30 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists in a win for us over Spartanburg."

Nori didn't roll with a heavyweight AAU team until late but he told us some of the toughest opponents he's faced on the AAU circuit. "Hands down, John Wall and J.T. Terrell."

Stay tuned for more updates on Nori Johnson as he continues to scorch the nets for the Byrnes Rebels in hopes of landing some scholarship offers before long.


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