Georgia Tech transfer Ed Nelson has officially given a commitment to the Connecticut basketball program. Nelson, in fact, gave his commitment while he was visiting the Big East school a week ago. Nelson also considered Massachusetts and Boston College.
Nelson, a tough, inside player who played many minutes under head coach Paul Hewitt, is likely going to give Connecticut some added strength and power inside when he is elibible for the 2004-2005 season. Nelson will sit out this season.
But RivalsHoops.com has received many emails regarding the status of Alexander Johnson, who is expected to sign a letter of intent tomorrow. Johnson is currently considering Cincinnati, Florida State and Connecticut. Cincinnati appears to be trailing, according to a source close to Johnson.
The same source who speaks to Johnson also told RivalsHoops.com Tuesday afternoon that Alexander knew that Connecticut was trying to land Nelson too. Johnson is a different type of player than Nelson. Alexander has the ability to drain three-pointers and play the small forward slot if necessary. Johnson also has the strength to play the four while Nelson could be slotted to play the center position. But this is the view for the Connecticut fans.
For Florida State fans, Johnson has always said he favors the southern part of the country. He also has praised the coaching staff there and had a great time on is visit to Florida State.
A source close to Johnson told RivalsHoops.com that Johnson is likely to decide between Florida State and Connecticut. Johnson was equally happy about his visit to Cincinnati. He pointed out the style of play and the success of players like him at Cincinnati was important.
Bridgton Academy head coach Whit Lesure would not confirm that statement. "All three schools are still being considered," Lesure said. "Sometime around 7 PM (ET) he should have a decision. But Cincinnati, Florida State, and Connecticut are all being considered. No one is out."