Minneapolis (Minn.) De La Salle point guard Jarvis Johnson has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail, but that's not his main focus for the time being. His team is preparing to play in the semifinals of the Minnesota state tournament and hoping to come out as champions.
"We're still going in our playoffs," Johnson said. "We play [Thursday] and the championship is Saturday if we win. I've had a pretty good season. We started the season without one of our best players [Reid Travis], but we managed to learn how to play without him. He's come back now and really helped us."
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On the recruiting side, several Big Ten schools are in the mix along with other schools around the country.
"Minnesota, Iowa State, Penn State, Marquette, UCLA, Michigan State, Kansas and Wisconsin have been the schools calling lately. Michigan State and Kansas have not offered yet."
So far during basketball season, Johnson has taken unofficial visits to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Located roughly 15 minutes away from the Minnesota campus, Johnson attended a couple Gophers games this season.
"The trips to Minnesota went well," Johnson said. "I went to the Michigan game and then I went to a non-conference game earlier in the season. I like Minnesota because it's not too far away from home and my family could come out and support me any time they want to."
The four-star point guard also enjoyed his time in Madison.
"It was fun. It's a college town. It was great seeing all the fans come out for the game. I really enjoyed myself. I went up there for the Michigan State game."
A family connection seems to be helping Iowa State's chances of stealing a top prospect out of Minnesota.
"I really Iowa State also," Johnson said. "My sister goes there and we're really close. I like the way it's a college town too. They don't have a pro team there, so their fans really support them."
At the moment, Johnson claims no favorites. He does however have an idea as to when he'll make a verbal commitment.
"I'll probably do it after AAU season, probably in September I would say. I just want to see where I fit best, which schools fit my style of play, the fan base, and the academics are important."
Dan McDonald is a contributing national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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