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Johnson to be a Sooner

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Austin Johnson, the No. 45 ranked player in the Rivals150, has narrowed his sites on Oklahoma, and a commitment to the Sooners might be immanent. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo forward from Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, has two other schools on his list, but his official visit to Norman, Okla., more than likely will be the only one he takes.
“I liked the visit,” said Johnson about his visit to Oklahoma this past weekend. “I liked the football game, and I liked the [basketball] team. They were cool. I had already been down there on an unofficial visit, but the facilities were impressive once again. I was amazed at all the fans at the football game.”
When asked if he was planning on committing to Oklahoma, Johnson had a detailed answer.
“Pretty much,” he said. “Coach Sampson is coming to my home on the 30th, and I won’t schedule any other visits until after that. Since there is a good chance I will commit to Oklahoma, I do not want to set up visits and then have to cancel them.”
Johnson noted that USC and Texas A&M are the only other schools he is considering right now.
As a combo guard, Johnson is not sure where he would primarily play as a potential Sooner, but he does prefer the point guard position over the shooting guard position.
“Oklahoma said they want me as a combo guard, so I don’t know where they would have me playing,” he said. “I like playing point because I can get my shot off better playing point.
“Right now I am working on my strength. That is the main thing I need.”
Here is Rivals.com’s take on Johnson’s game:
Johnson needs to gain weight for the next level, but his best basketball is definitely ahead of him. He is a scorer with a great feel for the game on both sides of the ball. A full court offensive and defensive style will serve his athletic, finesse style best. As he adds strength to his skilled and heady game, he will only get better and better.
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