Noel Johnson talks Louisville

Noel Johnson talks Louisville

AKRON, OH - Noel Johnson, Scout.com's No. 22 ranked prospect in the Class of 2009, has a lengthy list of suitors and remains "wide-open" with his recruitment. But Saturday at the King James Shootout, Johnson specifically mentioned two college programs he's interested in. Who were they?

AKRON, OH - Noel Johnson, Scout.com's No. 22 ranked prospect in the Class of 2009, has a lengthy list of suitors and remains "wide-open" with his recruitment. But Saturday at the King James Shootout, Johnson specifically mentioned two college programs he's interested in. Who were they?

After scoring 17 points and attacking the rim in a win Saturday morning, the 6-6, 185-pound Johnson updated his recruitment.

"I'm wide open," Johnson said. "I'm looking at every school that is sending letters and showing interest. All of the schools are coming hard and come to the school to watch me workout. Nobody really stands out. They're all the same."

The list of big-name schools showing interest in the Fayetteville, Ga. star forward is lengthy, including many of college basketball's heaviest hitters. Louisville. Check. Memphis. Check. Florida. Check. North Carolina. Check. Kentucky. Check. Georgia Tech. Check. UConn. Check. Ohio State. Check. The list could go on.

Back in December, Johnson's high school team participated in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament in Louisville. At that time, Johnson told local media that he was highly interested in the Cardinals. Is that still the case for Johnson?

"Definitely," he said. ""I like the way they play defense and they play in the Big East – the best conference. I have a good relationship with Coach Pitino and his son came to my school last week. So we have a good relationship. It's an honor to be recruited by such a great coach."

Johnson, though, is nowhere close to making any sort of decision. Before he can do that he'll have to sort out list and cut it to a more manageable number. Louisville appears in good shape to make the cut when the time comes. So does USC. Memphis, Georgia Tech and Ohio State are also teams to watch.

"(I'm looking for) a team that gets up and down the floor, where I can get a good education and a school that looks after their players after they graduate," Johnson said. "I'll probably take my visits then make my decision early next (fall). I'm planning to go to USC and Louisville so far."

What does Johnson like about the Tim Floyd's Trojans? Apparently, USC's recent success with hot-shot wings like O.J. Mayo has his attention.

"I like their style of play and how they get their guards involved in the game," said Johnson.

The spring, the offensive-minded Johnson is looking to prove he can do other things on the court besides score the basketball.

"I want to get better on the defensive end, with my rebounding and also get in the weight room and get stronger," Johnson said. "I workout every day and get on the treadmill a lot and just get ready to run. I think my spring has gone alright so far."

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