Coaches all across the country are waiting patiently for more post players to emerge in the class of 2011. One who is having a very good spring is Nino Johnson. The Memphis (TN) standout has begun to put it all together, and now his recruitment is heating up.
Running with the Memphis Magic on the AAU circuit, the 6-foot-8 Johnson has seen his game take off. He has always been a factor on the defensive end of the floor with his ability to block shots and rebound the basketball, but now he is also making big strides on offense.
"I worked hard coming into the season," said Johnson of his improvement. "I transferred into White Station from Melrose, so I knew I had to work hard. I just had to work extra hard with my coaches and my teammates and I think my game developed."
While coaches haven't been on the road at major AAU tournaments to see Johnson, by word of mouth they are hearing about his play and Johnson is garnering significant interest on the recruiting trail.
"Memphis, Ole Miss, Missouri State, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee, and some other schools," said Johnson of his recruitment. "Most of them have offered me, but I am not sure of all my offers."
Lately the Memphis Tigers have been cleaning up in their own backyard, and it is definitely something that Johnson is taking note of.
"It is crazy," said Johnson of being recruited by Memphis. "Everybody is now anticipating that Memphis kids will go there now that Coach (Josh) Pastner is in charge. Now that he is there, there is a lot of anticipation on the Memphis players going there."
At the moment Johnson isn't close to making his decision, and he plans to play out the summer, but he does know what he will be looking for in a school when it is time to make his choice.
"I am looking for an up-tempo style," said Johnson. "I just want to play for a team that gets out and pushes the tempo."
Currently Johnson is viewed as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com.