Former USC signee Noel Johnson spent some time on the Charlotte campus earlier this week, and now the 6-foot-7, 180-pound wing from Fayetteville (Ga.) High School is headed west for an official visit.
UNLV is the destination, and although Johnson isn't naming any leaders, there is a sense that the Rebels are in a strong position to land Johnson. Lon Krueger's experience in the NBA is a strong draw. Johnson's dad Cheese Johnson also values a fast style of play for his son.
"We need some speed in the system," said the elder Johnson. "Academics and a fast style of play are really important."
If a decision isn't reached right after the UNLV visit, LSU and Xavier are candidates for official visits, and unofficial visits could be taken to nearby Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Noel had these thoughts on what he is looking for during this second go around.
"I want a situation similar to USC where they are building a tradition in basketball but are also a good academic school," said the younger Johnson. "I also want to play the two guard and maybe some point and the three as well. I want to be versatile."
As for a timetable for his decision, Johnson had this comment.
"I'm going to take my time, maybe in three weeks," he said.