Johnson stays home

The Cincinnati Bearcats have their second pledge in the 2013 class from local product Kevin Johnson.

One of the top performers in the Midwest all spring long was Cincinnati (Ohio) Summit Country Day standout Kevin Johnson. Playing for Ohio Basketball Club, Johnson opened eyes with his athleticism and shot making, and now he won't be headed far from home for college.

At 6-foot-2 with big time speed, Johnson is a natural shooting guard who also can play some point guard in a pinch. He was a scoring star for Ohio Basketball Club all spring long, and raised his stock from a mid-major recruit to someone high-major schools were looking hard at.

With that his recruitment really picked up. Butler, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Seton Hall, and numerous other schools all offered Johnson, but in the end his heart was at home with the Bearcats.

"Kevin Johnson has committed to Cincinnati," said Ohio Basketball Club coach Mike Duncan.

Cincinnati had a chance to evaluate Johnson during the high school year in which he led his team to a state championship, and then again during the AAU season, and after an unofficial visit to the school, Johnson was issued an offer from head coach Mick Cronin.

With Johnson's commitment, the Bearcats have landed their second guard pledge in a week. Johnson joins Virginia native Troy Caupain on the commitment list in 2013.

Currently Johnson is viewed as a three-star prospect, though with another strong showing during July, he could go even higher.

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