MONTVILLE, CONNECTICUT -- To reach the campus of St. Thomas More is a task in itself. You must first endure the stop-and-go traffic of Route 95. But after you leave 95, you head into the sticks of Connecticut, another 40 minutes of travel via car along winding, dark roads.
So to see the many coaches last night at the Bridgton Academy-Maine Central Institute game, you knew there had to be a reason why they suffered the same fate the rest of us do in traveling to the town of Montville.
And the main reason was outstanding forward Alexander Johnson, who pumped in 27 points last night to lead Bridgton to a 73-61 win over a gritty MCI team. Johnson has vastly improved his game and now many high division one programs are trying hard to recruit him.
Staffs from Seton Hall, Connecticut, and Florida were seen in the packed gym. There were likely more programs on hand to watch Johnson have another outstanding game.
Johnson, who scored 15 points in the first half, kept his teammates in the game during the first 20 minutes of play. Alexander possesses such a sweet touch on his jumper and also can hammer you with a thundering dunk.
"He has been great so far," said Bridgton coach Whit Lesure. "Every program wants to recruit him. He is first concentrating on getting his degree. He needs that to play next season."
Lesure said he is unsure where Johnson might end up at on the college level. But with schools like Indiana and Georgia also fighting hard for Johnson, it's likely this race won't be determined until the spring. "He's not in any rush to decide anything," Lesure said. "He is just focusing on his schoolwork. He wants to be sure he gets that settled."