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Saturday / February 24.
  • Five-star Jasper Johnson has ‘great’ visit to North Carolina; Kentucky, Auburn up next

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    Jasper Johnson, the No. 10 player in the class of 2025, enjoyed a “great” visit to North Carolina this past weekend for the Duke game.

    Johnson was on hand in an electric atmosphere as No. 3 North Carolina beat rival No. 9 Duke, 93-84, on Saturday night.

    “It was a great visit,” Johnson told ZAGSBLOG. “The message they are telling me is they want me to come in and play major minutes and make an immediate impact from Day 1.”

    The 6-foot-4 Johnson will next visit Kentucky this weekend for the Gonzaga game at Rupp Arena, and then Auburn the following weekend for the Kentucky game on Feb. 17.

    “His biggest strength is that he’s one of the best shooters in the country,” Link head coach Billy Armstrong told ZAGSBLOG. “If he’s open, he’s going to make it and that’s just such a weapon.”

    Johnson recently broke down several of his top suitors for ZAGSBLOG.

    Kentucky: “It’s going good; they’re reaching out to me every day. Me and Coach [Orlando] Antigua and Coach [John] Calipari talk a lot. I’m trying to get back for an official visit sometime, but for now, I’m just keeping in contact with them.” His father, Dennis Johnson, played defensive end for Kentucky football.

    Missouri: Coach [Dennis] Gates has been recruiting me for probably two years now. Aaron [Rowe] and T.O. [Barret], two of my teammates, are going there, so definitely keeping that relationship going.”

    Georgia Tech: “Coach [Damon] Stoudamire has been telling me they’re trying to bring a new wave to the program. Him trying to build around me gives me a vision for sure”

    West Virginia: “Coach [Jordan] McCabe reaches out to me. They’re having a little shaky season because it’s their first year, but I feel like they’ll bounce back for sure. I’m definitely keeping in contact.”

    Rumors have circled over the past few weeks about Johnson reclassifying to 2024, but the young guard alluded to staying put for now.

    “It’s always an option, but I’ll probably stay in the class of 2025 just to give my body an extra year before college,” he said. “A couple of different schools would love me in either 2024 or 2025, but it’s my decision, and I’m just going to be patient.”

    Other than his shooting, Coach Armstrong has been pleased with Johnson’s development into a complete guard.

    “He has the ability to score, but what Jasper’s really improved on is doing other things,” Armstrong said. “He’s got length and great instincts, and he’s learning to be a two-way guy as well. He’s got the ability to play point guard and be a primary ball handler at the next level.”

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    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.

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