August 8, 2009
Talented Kentucky wing receiving lots of attention
Ricardo Johnson is no stranger to success on the basketball court. After a junior season most high school players could only dream of and an excellent AAU season, Ricardo has grabbed the attention of colleges from all over.
"AAU season went real good," Johnson said. "We won the Silver Championship at the Adidas tournament. I also played with the Kentucky Firebirds in Orlando. We were able to finish sixth nationally in Division 2."
Those performances, coupled with his history-making high school season have given Ricardo quite the resume.
As a junior, Ricardo helped lead his Covington (KY) Holmes team to a 36-2 record and state championship. In the process, he was named MVP of the state tournament while also averaging 11 points and 5 rebounds per game. For his efforts, Johnson was selected First Team All State and voted 9th Region Player of the Year, 9th Region Tournament MVP and 9th Region Defensive Player of the Year.
While the individual accolades were great, the biggest thrill for Ricardo was winning the state championship.
"Winning the state championship was unreal," Johnson said. "It's what people dream about. I just felt on top of the world. We made history. It was the first state championship in Holmes history."
On the court, Ricardo brings a very well rounded game that helps him on both ends of the floor.
"I get after it on both ends of the floor," Johnson said. "I play with passion. I play hungry and I am determined to win. I feel like all parts of my game are strong because I work on all of them all the time. The player I model my game after the most is OJ Mayo."
This style of play combined with his natural ability has netted Ricardo quite a few offers already. Over the summer, Ricardo had received offers from Drake, Duquesne, Ohio, Marshall and Western Kentucky. The most recent team to step in and offer Ricardo was Central Michigan, which offered him after AAU Nationals in Orlando. While he has quite a few schools to choose from, Ricardo maintains he is wide open and has a few factors that will play into his decision.
"I just want to go to a good program that has a good tradition, a style of play I like and a good schedule," Johnson said. "I am pretty wide open with all of the schools that have offered me. I am planning on taking all five official visits and then making my decision from there."
After he makes that decision, Ricardo will have a senior season and championship defense to look forward to. He also has some high individual goals for his senior season.
"For my senior year, I just want to work hard and defend our title. I also want to make a good case for Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky. I was the state tournament MVP last year so I think I should be able to do it."
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