I first met Nick Johnson in the summer of 2009. It was at the Desert Duel in the player’s only area. I don’t particularly remember what was discussed that day. What I do remember in that first exchange was the infectiveness of Nick’s smile. If you haven’t noticed by now, Nick smiles a lot. People have a tendency to gravitate towards him because of his genuine and omnipresent smile.
It’s now 2011 and Nick is still smiling. In the face of an obvious snub by the McDonalds All American committee, Nick is still carrying on with his positive and industrious attitude.
“I can’t say I didn’t care but I’m over it. It’s just going to make me work harder. It’s going to make me, Jo, Angelo and Diki work harder next year,” Johnson told me after Findlay Prep’s win over Impact on Tuesday Night.
Johnson also recently met up with his fellow 2012 backcourt mate and Arizona commit, Josiah Turner, in New Jersey. “He’s great. They played before us in Newark. He likes his new school,” said Johnson.
Johnson also bruised his heel in New Jersey and you can tell he’s still feeling the lingering effects. He knows it’s the product of a long season. Thankfully, Findlay Prep only has one more game left until a much needed long layoff. They will play today at 3pm and then won’t play again until ESPN’s Rise tournament. Playing at Findlay has certainly prepared Nick for the grind and strain of a college basketball season.
“My game has grown a lot this season though and I just gotta stay positive. And we gotta finish on a good note. I won’t be able to wait to get to Arizona once we finish this season off right. But that’s my focus right now.”
“I’ve been talking to the Arizona coaches a lot lately and I watched the Washington game. That was crazy. I was going crazy the whole time. Everyone in my house was laughing at me. But I was cheering for my team so I didn’t care. It’s a great game whenever you play Washington.”
Nick also had a few words for Derrick Williams as well. “Stay, Pleeeeaasse Stay!”