Tag:Xavier Johnson
Posted on: October 4, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 10:47 am

Colorado lands another in Xavier Johnson

By Jeff Borzello

In the Pac-12, recruiting has become an arms race between UCLA and Arizona in 2012. However, Colorado continues to land the occasional salvo.

On Monday night, the Buffaloes picked up another impressive coup, as Xavier Johnson committed to Colorado.

“I feel like their offense would fit me,” Johnson said. “They recruited me hard and just made me feel welcome.”

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Mater Dei (Calif.), chose the Buffaloes over Virginia Tech, UTEP, Saint Mary’s and others.

The lefty wing is an asset at both ends of the floor. He can score at the rim or knock down outside shots from the perimeter, and his length and athleticism make him tough in transition. Injuries over the summer hampered his growth on the AAU circuit, but he was still able to demonstrate his defensive ability.

“Just being an all-around player,” Johnson said when asked what he brings to the table. “A threat on offense and defense.”

Johnson ranks No. 65 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100. He joins forwards Josh Scott, Wesley Gordon and Chris Jenkins in Tad Boyle's 2012 class.

Photo: Max Preps

Posted on: June 29, 2011 10:47 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 11:12 am

Notebook: J-Mychal Reese discusses package deal

By Jeff Borzello

A father-son relationship being important in college basketball recruiting is nothing new. College coaches constantly need to win over parents in order to get a commitment from their son.

For J-Mychal Reese, it’s different. As our own Jeff Goodman reported earlier this month, John Reese, J-Mychal’s father and a high school coach in Texas, has three job offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and LSU.

The common thought is that Reese might go wherever his father goes -- if his father goes anywhere.

“I’ll look at the school, but it won’t affect my decision,” Reese said last week. “He doesn’t want me to go where he goes, but I think it would be difficult to go to a different school in the Big 12 [than my father].”

Reese, a 6-foot-2 guard from Bryan, Texas, is hearing from Louisville, Kansas, Oregon, Texas Tech, Providence, Georgia Tech -- and Texas A&M and LSU.

He plans on visiting Louisville, Kansas and Oregon in the near future.

“Somewhere I can go in and play,” Reese said of the factors in his decision. “And style of play.”

It seems as if his father’s destination could play a role, as well.

Landen Lucas ready to cut his list

With dozens of schools in pursuit, Landen Lucas is ready to cut his list after the July live period. Until then, don’t expect much movement in the recruiting process from him.

“Once I narrow it down, I’ll take my officials,” Lucas said. “I want to see Arizona and some of the East Coast schools.”

Lucas, a 6-foot-8 big man from Findlay Prep in Nevada, is hearing from the entire Pac-12, as well as Vanderbilt, Harvard, Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

He recently visited Kansas and enjoyed his trip. While Lucas hails from Oregon and goes to high school in Nevada, he’s open in terms of his destination.

“Location doesn’t really matter, I want to find the best fit,” he said. “But the West coast is great. My friends and family can see me.”

Lucas said Oregon, Arizona, Kansas and Stanford are very likely to be on his list when he decides to trim it down.

Negus Webster-Chan moves on

It didn’t take long for Negus Webster-Chan to rethink his commitment to Louisville. After pledging to the Cardinals in December, he reopened his recruitment in April.

“The staff was moving around and I wasn’t comfortable with it,” Webster-Chan said. “I never really talked to the new staff.”

Webster-Chan, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Huntington Prep (W.Va.), is hearing from Seton Hall, Texas, Oregon, Florida State, South Florida, Marquette, Xavier, Iowa State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and USC.

He plans to cut his list at the end of the summer.

Al Freeman rises in 2013

Before the Nike Elite 100, Allerik Freeman was considered a high-major prospect. After a dominant weekend in early June, though, Freeman has risen dramatically in the eyes of most scouts and coaches.

“People have started to look at me with a new respect,” Freeman said. “Before I walk in the gym, it’s ‘Oh, that’s Al Freeman.’”

The 6-foot-4 Olympic (N.C.) shooting guard holds offers from North Carolina State, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Xavier, UNLV, Georgetown, Baylor, Oklahoma, Virginia and Virginia Tech. DePaul, Marquette, Kansas, Florida State and Arizona are also showing interest.

Xavier Johnson misses opportunities

In a camp with 100 of the best players in the country, a combination of not getting the ball and having tendinitis in your knee isn’t going to help you get noticed.

Xavier Johnson realized this pretty quickly.

“It’s an elite camp, everyone can play ball,” Johnson said. “If you don’t get the ball, you’re not going to do much.”

The 6-foot-6 small forward from Mater Dei (Calif.) is hearing from USC, Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Georgetown and others.

Photo: Kelly Kline

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