At the 16-under AAU Nationals, one of the better shooting guards in the class of 2006 Marcus Johnson played a super game for the LeBron James Shooting Stars, scoring 26 points a tough loss to a very talented 16-under Houston Hoops team. Afterwards Johnson, 6-foot-2, 180-pounds from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, gave Rivals.com a list of seven schools.
“I like Syracuse, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, and Xavier,” said Johnson, the No. 54 ranked player in the class of 2005. “Right now Tennessee is recruiting me the hardest. I like Syracuse the most, mainly because I like New York a lot.”
Although none of these schools have yet to offer scholarships according to Johnson, schools will soon have offers on the table after they watch the ultra-athletic Johnson at the Nike All-American Camp and other events during July.
As well as Johnson played against the host Houston Hoops, he was not satisfied with his effort after the game and mentioned a couple areas of his game he is working to improve.
“I played alright but not to my full potential,” he said. “I got hit in the left eye during the game, and that made my vision blurry. But I have been playing pretty good this summer, getting to the hole and finishing. I am working on my shot and my left hand.”
Johnson appears to be making progress on his shot and left hand based on his performance against the Houston Hoops. He sank a couple three-pointers, including a very deep three-pointer. He took it to the basket with his left hand and on one occasion got off a smooth pull up jumper after one hard dribble left. If the explosive finisher can round out his game with these skills, his stock will certainly jump.