JaJuan Johnson picks Marquette over Alabama

JaJuan Johnson chose Marquette over Alabama this afternoon. (MaxPreps.com)

2013 shooting guard JaJuan Johnson gave an oral commitment to Buzz Williams and Marquette this afternoon at his high school in Memphis. Johnson also was considering Alabama.

Williams and assistant Isaac Chew made a strong push for Johnson this summer, and it came full-circle on an official visit to Marquette Madness, when Johnson noted, “The atmosphere was crazy because it’s a basketball town.”

Johnson joins an already-impressive recruiting class with point guards John Dawson and Duane Wilson, small forward Deonte Burton and junior college power forward Jameel McKay.

247Sports’ Jerry Meyer reported yesterday that Johnson was “expected to pick Marquette,” but a source close to the situation told Paint Touches he was undecided and saw both schools as 50-50 before today’s announcement.

He visited Alabama on Sept. 29, and cancelled an official visit to Texas before his visit to Milwaukee Oct. 12 for Marquette Madness. Until last week he had considered Miami, where he visited on Sept. 15.

Johnson is ranked No. 33 overall by Scout, No. 63 by Rivals and No. 63 by ESPN. Johnson is a slasher with excellent size who can score in a variety of ways. He’s a bit of a project still growing into his game, but with a year of high school and summer workouts, he could be an instant contributor for Marquette.

Johnson will not sign in the early period, rather wanting to watch the Golden Eagles’ style of play before signing in the spring.

Marquette’s scholarship limit is still murky with the addition of Johnson.

If Jake Thomas, on scholarship this year, goes back to walk-on status and Chris Otule does not return for a sixth season, Marquette would be at the 13 scholarship limit. If Thomas remains on scholarship and/or Otule returns, Marquette would be over.

The Golden Eagles also are recruiting 7-footer Joel Embiid.

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3 Comments on “JaJuan Johnson picks Marquette over Alabama”

  1. Paul B
    November 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Why would Thomas remain on scholarship? That is a year by year deal if space is available, as I understand it. If so, and there isn’t an extra ride in the fall, he doesn’t get a scholarship. So I wouldn’t count him as taking one for next fall.

  2. JCK
    November 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Uh…sure you don’t wanna call it a “verbal” commitment instead of an “oral” commitment?

    • November 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Nope. Oral means spoken, verbal means put into words. Mind out of the gutter, peeps. ;)

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