Indiana point guard is on the rise
While there will certainly be some guys who separate themselves from the pack as graduation day nears, the class of 2012 has been looking a bit thin up to date. One junior prospect looking to help fill that void is Ronnie Johnson.
A 5-foot-10 junior point guard at Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central, Johnson has been hearing from schools on the mid- to high-major level already.
"Butler, Michigan, I've heard some from Minnesota, Dayton, Indiana State, Ball State, St. Louis, Illinois and that's about it," said the three-star point guard. "Butler offered me, so did Ball State, Indiana State, Eastern Illinois, Southern Illinois, IUPUI and a few more. Things are going pretty well."
While he might lack ideal size for the point on the college level, Johnson - whose older brother Terone is a freshman at Purdue - makes up for it with toughness and speed. He can score and push the tempo, but takes pride in his ability to get others involved and feels that coaches have taken notice.
"Coaches like the way I get my teammates involved," Johnson told Rivals.com. "I penetrate the lane, get people open and now I can score it too."
The lack of top floor generals hasn't been lost on Johnson. He's seen the top guys growing up as part of Eric Gordon's summer program and he thinks it's his turn to push his way into the upper echelon of 2012 point guards.
"I feel like I can step it up and be one of those top guys," said Johnson. "If I continue to play hard I'll be one of those guys."
Ultimately, Johnson hopes that he can prove himself on the high-major level but he's interested in anybody who wants to recruit him. Sometime after the high school season he'll look to narrow his list.
"I just want somewhere that I can not only fit in, but really play," said Johnson. "Probably after AAU season this summer I'll try to make a decision."