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Donovan Johnson shines on Day 1 in Dallas - Five schools have been active with him

By Pat Lawless, 04/27/19, 1:30PM EDT


Donovan Johnson shines in Dallas

Donovan Johnson had one of the best performances on day 1 of the Adidas Gauntlet. The class of 2020 guard led Wildcats Select to a win over Riverside Church with 25 points, but Johnson made an impact in more ways than just scoring. He prides himself on his multi-dimensional game.

“I think I attack the basket well, shoot the ball really well and play efficiently,” Johnson said. “I play good defense, rebounded and I just pride myself on my all-around game.”

Pittsburgh, Ohio State, North Carolina among others were in attendance yesterday to see him play. Five schools come to mind for him when talking about who’s been the most active.

“I’d probably say Arizona, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Indiana, and Michigan have been really active,” he said. “They’ve been calling me every day, checking up on me so I can’t complain.”

Pittsburgh assistant coach Jason Capel watched him perform well last night. Their coaching staff has told him what they expect out of him.

“They’ve just been telling me to work hard and play well as a teammate because the ultimate goal is to win,” said Johnson. “They want to have winners in their program so that’s what I’m trying to be.”

Arizona gave Johnson a similar pitch in that they want him to come in and be a winner.

“I’ve talked to them a couple of times and Coach Sean Miller wants winners and guys who can play well with other guys,” he said. “That’s what they are looking for in me.”

Xavier had him on a visit and Johnson thinks there is a lot to like especially with how the coaching staff is so focused on development.

“It’s a great place, great atmosphere and they have great fans,” Johnson said. “Their coaching staff prides themselves on development and that’s what I’m looking for in a school.”

Johnson’s older brother Cameron Johnson just finished his impressive college career at North Carolina. UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson was in to watch him last night.

“They haven’t talked to me, but they have talked to Cameron about me,” he said. “If they were to offer it would be awesome because that would be family legacy.”

He plans on taking visits to Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois in the near future, but isn’t too focused on moving forward with the recruiting process.

“I don’t really have a timetable yet, but I’m just keeping it game by game and seeing how it goes,” said Johnson.