This weekend will kick off a flurry of official and unofficial visits for nearly every program in the nation. Add class of 2006 prospect Marques Johnson to the two dozen or more players making trips this weekend. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard won’t travel very far for his trips though.
Johnson, who plays at Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., said he will visit Indiana on Saturday and Purdue on Sunday. Johnson said he’s pretty familiar with the two schools, too.
“I’ve been visiting Purdue every year since my eighth grade year,” he said. “I went to IU last year and I’m looking forward to going again tomorrow.”
The two in-state programs, and two others, have upped its efforts since the summertime he said.
“Purdue, Georgetown, Wake Forest and IU are the schools that are coming on real strong,” he said. “All of them are pretty much asking me to commit.”
The No. 77 ranked player in the nation by Rivals.com had a solid summer, playing at the NBA Players Association camp, the ABCD camp and several of the top tournaments. With a new, and talented, roster in nearly every game, Johnson said he adjusted to the faces around him.
“I thought I had a good summer. It was a good learning experience,” Johnson said. “Each game there was progress. That’s all you can ask for. Each game would change because our roster would change each game. So, some games I was the scorer, like at the end of the summer. Other games, I was just setting people up. Either way, I just wanted to win.”