Local 2013 wing Johnson breaks it down

Jajuan Johnson

Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.) 2013 wing Jajuan Johnson is used to the protocol. Coaches from larger schools — like Kentucky, for instance — will drop by the Jaguars' gym to check in with Johnson's nationally-acclaimed teammate, Johnathan Williams III.

Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.) 2013 wing JaJuan Johnson is used to the protocol.

Coaches from larger schools — like Kentucky, for instance — will drop by the Jaguars' gym to check in with Johnson's nationally-acclaimed teammate, Johnathan Williams III.

And they'll leave wanting to know more about Johnson.

"I get that all the time," Johnson said. "All the coaches coming in, that just makes me wanna go even harder."

Johnson, rated a 3-star guard by Scout, boasts offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Marquette, Louisville, and others. He took in a Tigers' practice last week and said the team looks prepared and focused.

He also raved about Memphis coach Josh Pastner and the reign he has over the program.

"He's a good coach," Johnson said. "He stays on his players and he tries to get the best out of them. I could tell by the way they were listening. He's got full control of his team and they listen to what he says."

Playing alongside Willams III has helped him in areas other than college looks, Johnson said.

"He helps me guard post players," Johnson said. "He can dribble. He's a great player. He's the player you like to have as a friend too."

Johnson said he'll begin preparing for the AAU circuit, as his junior season at Southwind wrapped up two weeks ago with a loss before the state playoffs. He said he'll run with the Nike-sponsored Team Penny.

As far as a decision goes, Johnson said he'd like to get it out of the way — most likely right before his senior season starts.

"I just wanna get it over with," he said. "You feel kinda pressured."

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