Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Johnson Lands UNC Offer

Brice Johnson (Edisto, SC) picked up another scholarship offer when North Carolina coach Roy Williams phoned him late last night and extended an offer.

Johnson now has offers from Clemson, UConn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, and South Carolina.

Johnson, 6-9 power forward, has really emerged as one of the top big men in the class of 2012. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina last season after averaging 23 points, 12 rebounds, seven blocks, three assist and two steals per game.

Johnson is an intriguing athlete with a mixture of size and athleticism that allows him to be dominate in the frontcourt.

He can also step outside the paint and knock down that mid-range jumper.

After the summer he's had, his phone has been ringing off the hook lately. Last time I spoke with Johnson, he said, "[I want to go play] anywhere I can go play and get a degree."

Jaylen Bond to Texas

The Texas Longhorns picked up its seventh commitment in the 2011 class early Tuesday from a flying under the radar, three man in former Pitt commit Jaylen Bond.

"[Rick Barnes is] a great coach, the city is nice and I can play right away," Bond said. Texas did end up losing its three superstars in Cory Josephs, Tristian Thompson and Jordan Hamilton but have reloaded completely.

Bond joins a class that features Myck Kabongo, Sterling Gibbs, Sheldon McClellan, Jonathan Holmes and Julien Lewis to name a few.

Swopshire waiting on offers

Jordan Swopshire (Fort Zumwalt South, MO) has yet to pick up any offers despite being one of the most talented players in the class of 2013. On the day when Swopshire could receive calls from schools, he received nothing.

"Shocking," he said by text. "I was promised four or five calls." But, things may have gotten a little better for the 6-6 wing. Following our brief conversation, he informed me that he was selected to represent USA in Rome, Italy.

"I'm totally honored," he said. "I can't wait to get back to work." Swopshire has heard a lot from VCU and Memphis, with interest in Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Louisville, Miami (FL), Missouri and Tennessee.