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ESPN 100 SG enjoys Alabama visit

7/2/2012

Head coach Anthony Grant and the Alabama basketball staff hosted another ESPN 100 prospect over the weekend as Memphis, Tenn., shooting guard JaJuan Johnson made an unofficial visit to UA on Saturday.

“It went good,” Johnson said. “They showed me the campus. It caught me by surprise. I didn’t think it was going to look like that. It was really big, the whole school itself, and [Coleman Coliseum] is a place I could see myself playing at. It has a real college atmosphere.”

On his visit, Johnson met with the entire coaching staff and had a one-on-one session with Grant. The two connected right away.

“I like him because he’s cool and calm, and I can see he demands respect from his players,” Johnson said. “He kept it straight with me. He was telling me I was the type of player they need and how they were last in three-point percentage. He was just telling me that I could be a good fit for them.”

Although Alabama made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, the team still lacked a go-to scorer at times, and Johnson can come in and fill that need. He is known for his ability to score, both inside and out.

“I’m a 6’5 guard who can score with the best of them,” he said. “I can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward.”

Johnson already has close to 20 scholarship offers, but he says he’s hearing the most from Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

For now, he’s turning his attention to the LeBron James Skills Academy this weekend, but he wants to return to Tuscaloosa in the fall for an official visit. He plans to make his decision before the early signing period in November.