Four-star combo guard Chris Johnson to announce decision on Tuesday
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Four-star combo guard Chris Johnson, who visited the University of Kansas earlier this week, will announce his college choice on Tuesday, according to his Instagram page.
Johnson’s Instagram story on Saturday night featured a countdown to his commitment time.
Ranked No. 24 overall by ESPN.com, — 32nd by 247 Sports and 58th by Rivals.com — Johnson arrived on KU’s campus on Monday evening for an official visit.
He recently told Rivals.com that he was considering visits to Arkansas, Alabama, Connecticut and Texas, and others, including Auburn, Kentucky, Houston, Memphis, Mississippi, Tennessee, UCLA, all of which have been reported to be showing heavy interest in Johnson.
As of Saturday, he had not named a list of finalists or narrowed his list in any way, so the fact that he’s ready to announce his commitment so close to his visit to KU is at least noteworthy.
Also of note is the fact that two Rivals.com publishers and one publisher at 247 Sports recently entered FutureCast and Crystal Ball picks for Kansas in Johnson’s recruitment. No other school had received a pick as of late Saturday night.
A recent recap of Johnson’s KU visit by Shay Wildeboor of JayhawkSlant.com certainly pointed to KU being the pick, as well.
“His focus is there,” Johnson’s father, Chester Johnson, told Wildeboor of KU. “The way he talked to me; I think his focus is going to Kansas. What I hear and what he told me, and this is just him and I talking as father and son, he told me there’s no reason for him to go and visit another college. So, we’ll go from there.”
The elder Johnson made it clear that he had his made his choice after the KU visit.
“Me, personally, as his father, I’m hoping that he does sign there,” he told Wildeboor. “I don’t see another place that is going to treat him like he was treated and be real with him. One of the most winningest coaches ever and when you get that kind of publicity and somebody wants you like that, I don’t think you can ask for anything more.”
Johnson, who is originally from Fort Bend, Texas, currently plays at Montverde Academy in Florida. He is listed at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds by ESPN.com, 6-6, 192 by Rivals.com and 6-5, 180 by 247 Sports, and he is drawing interest and attention from several of the top programs in college basketball.
Second-year KU assistant Jeremy Case has been the lead recruiter for Johnson.
“Chris really liked how all of the coaches interacted with each other,” his father told Wildeboor. “It seemed like more of a family instead of just a school. Chris left with a couple of players during his visit and he really enjoyed the players. He enjoyed talking to them and they talked to Chris about what’s going on with the school. Chris really enjoyed the visit, and I know that I really enjoyed it. I know that I felt comfortable and I think we all did. They made it seem like we were more like family. One thing that I really liked, (KU coach Bill Self) is real. Tell me the truth and don’t sugarcoat it and tell me what he needs to do and then we get along. I think (Self) was genuine with everything he was saying.”
Kansas does not currently have any commitments in the Class of 2023.