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Darin Johnson Down to 7
by Garrett Tucker, Future150 (12:28 AM CT, Thu August 16, 2012)
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Future150 Southeast Analyst. Covering high school basketball across the Southeast.

Los Angeles, CA (Future150) -- Darin Johnson has set his sights in on a few schools.

One of the more talented guards on the West Coast, Johnson is now looking at seven schools: Oregon, Marquette, Texas A&M, Washington, Oregon State, USC, and San Diego State, in no particular order.

Johnson, a combo guard out of Sheldon High School (Cal.), spoke with Future150 about his remaining schools.

Oregon: “Oregon is one of the up-and-rising programs in the country. They don’t have a lot of depth at the guard position, so I think I have a good chance to make an immediate impact. I also really liked Coach [Dana] Altman.”

Marquette: “I like their up-tempo style of play. The coaching staff is great, and Coach [Buzz] Williams is a real guy. And the Big East is the Big East. You play against pros every night. They get after it.”

Texas A&M: “I have a nice relationship with Coach [Billy] Kennedy and the other coaches. I like their three-guard sets and the way they use screens to get guys open. I also like J-Mychal Reese and the tempo he plays at. And they are also going to the SEC.”

Washington: “I really like the coaching staff at Washington. I really like Coach [Lorenzo] Romar. I like their style of play and how they develop players. They are one of the top teams in the Pac-12, and they have a chance to have one of the best recruiting classes in 2013, especially in the backcourt."

USC: “I was going to drop them when they got Kendal Harris, but the coaches told me they still have a spot for me. Kendal is going to play the 1 and they need a 2. They are also graduating seven players, so I feel like I have a good chance to play there. I think it would be a good opportunity. I like how they get players to the NBA.”

Oregon State: “I have a good relationship with the coaching staff at Oregon State. I like the plan they have for me, and they go against good competition each night. I like what they did with Jared Cunningham, too.”

San Diego State: “Coach [Steve] Fischer coached the Fab Five at Michigan. That says enough, but the players have a lot of freedom and they are an up-tempo team. I also talk to my friend Dakarai Allen about them a lot. That is how we really started considering SDSU.”

Before he makes a decision and signs in November, Johnson will take a few visits and host coaches for in-home visits.

Johnson will visit San Diego State Labor day weekend, and then he will head to Oregon Sept. 14-16; Marquette will host the guard Sept. 20-22 and Washington will do the same Oct. 4-6.

Marquette has also scheduled an in-home visit with Johnson and his family Sept. 12.

While he isn’t necessarily listing them, Johnson will also consider UCLA and Washington State for in-home visits in the future, too.



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