Kentucky's Top Player Enjoyed RedHawk Visit

MVP's Miami visit was "Real Good"

RedHawk recruiting target Ricardo Johnson had his eyes on a state title. Johnson had told RedHawk Insider, "We lost in the (2008) title game so we know what it takes to get back." Johnson apparently did know what it takes as he led Holmes High School to the 2009 Kentucky state championship and earned MVP honors for his performance. His performance earned him an invite to visit Miami.

Miami RedHawk recruiting target Ricardo Johnson had his eyes on the ultimate prize - a state championship. Johnson told RedHawk Insider last December, "Our goal is to win the state championship. We lost in the title game (in 2008) so we know what it takes to get back." Johnson apparently did know what it takes as he led Covington Holmes High School to the 2009 Kentucky state championship. Kentucky does not have a class system and crowns only one state champion.

The 6'5" and 190 pound guard/forward told RedHawk Insider explained what it takes to win the state title. Johnson said, "It is what you practice for. You do this so you can shoot free throws at the end, play defense, and believe in yourself and your team."

Johnson told RedHawk Insider, "Our goal is to win the state championship. We lost in the title game so we know what it takes to get back."

Johnson was named the tournament's MVP. Johnson did not give the award too much weight. He explained, "I was just doing the right things that I was taught."

Johnson and his teammate Elijah Pittman, also in the class of 2010, make up the best 1-2 tandem in the entire state. One scouting service ranked Johnson #1 and Pittman #2 in the Kentucky class of 2010. Pittman has also received some interest from the Miami basketball staff.

Even with the tandem, Johnson knows that winning the title next year will not be easy. Johnson stated it will be "another hard working year with a target on (their) backs."

During his junior season, Johnson's approximate averages were 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. He also shot around 40% from the field, over 30% from behind the arc, and 85% from the line.

As a sophomore, Johnson averaged 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. He was the team's second leading scorer behind Pittman.

Like last year, Johnson is playing AAU ball with the Kentucky Players this summer. The team in July will play in Cincinnati's Take 5 Classic and then compete in the AAU nationals in Orlando.

Previously, Johnson told R.I. he can play either guard or forward. Johnson stated, "I am athletic. I play hard." He likens his game to Kobe Bryant. "I am smooth," said Johnson, "I can turn it on and off. I do not have any weaknesses." Johnson added, "I work on everything, but mostly on ball handling. I am quick to the basket, can shoot from outside, defend, slash, and play the post a little."

In college, Johnson wants to play shooting guard. "I want to create plays and hit shots."

Johnson gave an updated list of the schools recruiting him so far. Besides Miami-OH, they include Bradley, Butler, Oklahoma State, Xavier, Mississippi State, South Florida, Wright State, Western Kentucky, and Indiana. Of those, only Bradley has offered him a scholarship.

In the past, Johnson also named Cincinnati, Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia, Kentucky, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, and Iowa.

Johnson says Bradley, Butler, and Oklahoma State are recruiting him the hardest.

Johnson has taken a visit to Xavier in the past and plans to visit Bradley. He is not attending any elite camps.

Last Wednesday, Johnson traveled 30 miles north to Oxford to visit the Miami University campus. Johnson describes the visit, "It was real good. It was 45 minutes from home. It was kind of far, but not really."

Johnson said he got along well with the RedHawk coaching staff. Johnson said about his talks with the staff, "They showed highlights and showed me the campus." Johnson said he could see himself attending Miami.

Johnson is looking for a school where he has a chance to play, compete, and win. He stated he will decide on a school "when the time feels right."

Academically, Johnson has a 3.2 GPA and scored a 15 on the ACT. Johnson previously told R.I. that he "works real hard in the classroom." Johnson said his last report card had one A, five Bs, and a C.

Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we will continue to follow Johnson's recruitment.

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