Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Onetime Miami signee Melvin Johnson has found a new home.
The 6-foot-3 guard from The Bronx and St. Benedict’s Prep committed to VCU after visiting the school this week, his mother, Kizzy, confirmed to SNY.tv.
“Melvin Johnson is a big-time prolific scorer with unlimited range,” St. Benedict’s Prep coach Mark Taylor told SNY.tv.
“He will thrive at VCU under [coach] Shaka [Smart’s] fast-paced high-energy system. Melvin isa game-changer who can score buckets in a hurry at critical moments in a game from anywhere on the court. We know he will have a great career at VCU.”
Johnson was forced to find a new home after he was released from his scholarship at Miami.
Sources close to the situation said there was an issue related to Johnson’s test scores, but Taylor said Johnson was “fully qualified.’
Johnson, who helped St. Ben’s go 35-3 last season, initially chose Miami over Virginia Tech, Georgetown, South Florida, Dayton and the College of Charleston.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.