It was clear that Demarquise Johnson wanted to stay on the West coast for college, as his final four were Washington, Washington State, UNLV and Gonzaga.
On Saturday morning, Johnson announced his decision: he’s heading to Pullman to play for Washington State.
“The opportunity to play in the Pac 12 against some of the top players in the country, and have a major impact early, was too good to pass up,” Klint Parks, his AAU coach for Team Eleate, told CBSSports.com.
Johnson is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Westwind Prep (Ariz.) who would rate as a three-star recruit by CBSSports.com. He’s a good shooter from long range, and is also a good slasher to the rim.
He will certainly play early for the Cougars.
“I think he’s going to have a major impact on that program,” Parks said. “He has a chance to have a special career there. His best basketball is still ahead of him. Don’t let the rankings fool you; he’s a tremendous talent.”
Johnson joins Richard Longrus, Richard Peters and Brett Boese in Washington State’s 2012 class.
- Ioannis Papaetrou, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Florida Air Academy (Fla.), chose Texas over Kansas earlier Saturday. The news was first reported by Scout.com.
- Former DePaul commit and Kansas signee Braeden Anderson is headed to Fresno State next year. Anderson was deemed a partial qualifier at Kansas in September, but he will head west in 2012.
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