One of the fastest rising basketball prospects in Ohio is Cincinnati Summit Country Day guard Kevin Johnson. The
6-2 Johnson helped lead SCD to the Division III state
championship this past winter and plays AAU ball with the Ohio
Basketball Club. Who is after him…?
One of the fastest rising basketball prospects in Ohio is Cincinnati Summit Country Day guard Kevin Johnson.
6-2 Johnson helped lead Summit Country Day to the Division III state
championship this past winter. He plays AAU ball with the Ohio
“It just makes me raise my game to another level,” Johnson said
of his work with the OBC team. “I want to compete harder and show my
talents. This spring, I am working on my long range shooting, my
ballhandling and my strength. I just want to work on everything.”
We caught up with Johnson during a break in last weekend’s
All-Ohio Super Sixteen event in Columbus. Two weeks earlier, he helped
OBC make a deep run in the Spiece Run ‘N Slam event in Fort Wayne.
There, they knocked off the renowned Mac Irvin Fire team in a tournament
“We have a lot of elite players,” said Johnson, who plays
alongside Cincinnati Withrow power forward Devin Williams who has a
number of top schools after him. “We may not get the respect that we
deserve. But we play hard and compete against anybody in the country.”
Johnson is a true combo guard with the ability to play the point guard or shooting guard positions as needed.
“I can play both the one and the two with my size,” he said. “I
am a big point guard who can score. I like to play in transition. I
think I would fit in on a fast paced team or a team that keeps the ball
in the guards’ hands. I think can do some things in the pick-and-roll
game as well.”
Johnson averaged 14.1 points per game in leading Summit Country
Day to a sparkling 26-1 record this past winter. He had 10 points and
nine rebounds in SCD’s state semifinal win over Bedford St. Peters
(49-41) and then showed out well with 11 points, six rebounds and eight
assists in the state title game win over Portsmouth (53-37).
“That was amazing,” Johnson said of winning the state title.
“That’s one of the best feelings you can have as a ball player. It’s
great to be a part of a good team that won the state.”
So far, Johnson has scholarship offers from Cincinnati,
Minnesota, Seton Hall, Dayton, Toledo, Ohio, Cornell and DePaul. He made
an unofficial visit to Cincinnati last week.
“I love them,” Johnson said. “I live five minutes away. I love
Coach Cronin and the players. I definitely like UC a lot. They had a
great season to get to the Sweet 16 this year like they did.”
Other schools that have been in touch include VCU, Butler,
Wisconsin and Ohio State. OSU already has two point guards on its roster
in junior-to-be Aaron Craft and soph-to-be Shannon Scott, so that position may not be as big a priority for the Buckeyes in the 2013 class.
“I talked to Thad Matta,” Johnson said. “He called me. I would
definitely consider it as well if they offer me. But I may be one of
those kids who might want to get out of Ohio. I haven’t decided yet. I
need to break that decision down.”
As for when he will decide, Johnson discussed his decision timeline with The Bearcat Lair last week.
“I’m not going to say I’m making a decision sooner, but I’ve got
to do a lot of thinking now,” Johnson said in that interview. “You don’t
want to have people waiting too long. You kind of want to speed it up
and be open. They are definitely on the chart, high up there. I’ve got a
lot of thinking to do.”