Washington’s newest commit Darin Johnson spoke with the Dawgman.com guys on KJR radio last night.
Johnson said the recruiting process was harder than what he thought it would be. He had to decline interest from many Pac-12 schools including UCLA.
He plans to sign in November. If he hadn’t chosen Washington, Johnson would have chosen between Oregon and Texas A&M. He said he carries a grade-point average between 2.75 and 3.0.
Johnson said coach Lorenzo Romar made a big impression on him. The Sacramento shooting guard has NBA aspirations and likes UW’s history of guards playing in the NBA.
Johnson also talked about his official visit with at Washington with Nigel Williams-Goss and Aaron Gordon. Williams-Goss committed to the Huskies in the spring while Gordon is still taking trips and considering Arizona, Oregon, Kentucky and Kansas.
On Gordon, Johnson said: “I think we can get him.”
On UW prospect Isaac Hamilton: “I hope he comes to Washington too.”
Here’s audio (below) of the the interview.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Romar talked to Scott Johnson at the Everett Herald about redshirt freshmen Andrew Andrews and Jernard Jarreau who are eager to make an impact. He described Andrews as a “pit bull.” On Jarreau, Romar said: “I think he’s going to be a really good basketball player. I’m talking about the time when he’s an all-conference player. I don’t know when that’s going to happen, but I’m confident that it’ll happen.”
— Here’s a preview of Washington from Rant Sports.
— Colorado is going to be one of the biggest teams in the Pac-12 this season. The Buffaloes should have a formidable front line led by 6-7 junior forward Andre Roberson, the Pac-12 rebounding leader last season. CU will also rely on 6-11 junior Shane Harris-Tunks and true freshmen Wesley Gordon (6-8) and Josh Scott (6-10). Gordon led the Buffs in scoring during their overseas trip.
— Arizona sold out tickets for Sunday’s Red-Blue Game at the 14-538-seat McKale Center. Gordon is visiting the Wildcats this weekend.
— USC will open practice Saturday and Oct. 28 to the fans.
— UCLA will play Texas on Dec. 8 at Reliant Stadium. During a conference call this week to promote the game, Bruins coach Ben Howland said there’s no need to worry about his team when asked for an update. Obviously he was referring to the status of freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson who have not been cleared by the NCAA.
— Former UCLA star Reeves Nelson’s defamation lawsuit against Time Inc. has been dismissed by a Los Angeles judge. Nelson sued the company after an unflattering portrayal in a Sports Illustrated story by George Dohrmann.
— It’s not Pac-12 related, but if you’re a college basketball fan then check out ESPN’s reality series on the Kentucky men’s basketball team. It’s not as riveting at HBO’s Hard Knocks, but the show gives an inside glimpse of big-time college basketball. Absolutely loved coach John Calipari’s take on recruiting when he said he preferred to text prospects rather than call call them. He said if a prospect wants him to call once a week, he will, but “you’re 17 and I’m 52. What are we going to talk about?”