Friday, November 2, 2012
JaJuan Johnson chooses Marquette
By Dave Telep
JaJuan Johnson (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind), the No. 63 prospect in the Class of 2013, committed to Marquette on Friday. Johnson, the nephew of current NBA shooting guard Louis Williams, had narrowed his choices to the Golden Eagles, Alabama and Miami (Fla.) before making a decision.
According to his mother, the act of eliminating schools was more difficult than the selection itself.
“We had some great schools and great relationships with schools,” Frashanda Williams said. “Eventually we had to tell someone no.”
As a junior, the current No. 17 shooting guard was an all-state selection in Tennessee and averaged 27 points per game. For his AAU team, Bluff City Legends, Johnson scored 18 points a game during the summer.
“I think JaJuan is a very good scorer,” Bluff City Legends coach Dujuan Taylor said. “He’s the type of kid that needs to be a guy who has the ball in his hands. He knows how to manufacture points. He can get his own shot off.”
Coach Buzz Williams is sitting on a recruiting class talented enough to insure his Golden Eagles remain an upper-echelon program in the Big East. In addition to three ESPN 100 seniors, the Golden Eagles have landed Jameel McKay (Milwaukee/Indian Hills C.C.), one of the nation’s best junior college players. Williams also added sleeper wing John Dawson from Clovis, N.M.
Point guard Duane Wilson (Milwaukee/Dominican) and small forward Deonte Burton (Milwaukee/Vincent) join Johnson as 2013 committed wing players and members of the ESPN 100. Marquette’s class moves up to No. 8 in class rankings as a result of Johnson's committment.