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Following last week’s pledge from Neville Fincher, Bruce Weber has added another piece of his first recruiting class in Manhattan with the signing of Nigel Johnson. The 6’1″, 170 point guard from Riverdale Baptist was a bit of an unexpected surprise, as one month ago he was expected to enroll at George Washington but decommitted on March 29 after orally committing in September of 2012. Wildcat fans can consider this the second time the team has defeated George Washington this season – the first being a 65-62 victory in DC back in December.
Expect Johnson to bring intelligence and maturity to this position – among his suitors were Ivy League schools Brown, Cornell, and Princeton. Yet to go along with those smarts Johnson has some skill too; he is ESPN’s number player from the State of Maryland and averaged 29.5 points as a junior. Johnson transferred to a more competitive high school as a senior, and led Riverdale Baptist to the inaugural Capital Beltway League championship. During the league championship game he scored 33 points and was named MVP. He averaged 17.9 points during his final season.
Johnson is ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals and has been playing with the same AAU team as Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley, the DC Assault. Although listed as a point guard, he is a tremendous shooter and may see playing time alongside Angel Rodriguez with Rodriguez still playing the part of creator and Johnson merely one more gunslinger on the court. Johnson took to twitter last night to announce his decision.
Editor’s note: Johnson will not be playing alongside Rodriguez, who recently announced his intention to transfer from the University.