Alexander Johnson, a talented 6-9, 215 pound power forward/center from Dougherty H.S. in Albany, Georgia who signed a letter of intent with Georgia, has been impressive thus far at Bridgton Academy in Maine during the 2002-2003 season. Johnson, who did not achieve qualifying marks to make himself eligible at Georgia for this season, is hoping to straighten out his classroom situation and improve his game under highly regarded head coach Whit Lesure. "Alexander has worked very hard," Lesure said. "It's always an adjustment for any player to go away from home. But he appears to be fine and working hard in the classroom and on the court."
Johnson also considered Alabama and Cincinnati during his recruiting process. Is Johnson still committed to Georgia? "Yes," Lesure said. "He told me he is still committed and he plans on signing again in the Fall period."
Johnson is a much improved player on the offensive end but he still has room to grow in this area too. "He is actually very smooth," Lesure said. "He's looked pretty good offensively and the thing I like the most is each day he gets better."
Johnson will be tested at Bridgton. Lesure plays a tough schedule and the league is very strong again this year in the New England area.
Johnson possesses many of the physical tools that should help him become a reliable performer in the low post. He is likely to become a great college player with his upside and talent. "If he continues to work hard I have no doubt he will be a very good player on the college level," Lesure said. "As you know, it's all about hard work."