Elite point guard Dior Johnson made a verbal commitment to Syracuse basketball in February 2020, then reopened his recruiting process last November.
Since February of last year, I’ve read countless comments from my fellow Orange fans on social media and in chat rooms that speak to them thinking the five-star Johnson will never set foot on a University campus.
Simply put, many ‘Cuse fanatics are predicting the stellar 2022 playmaker is heading straight for the pro ranks from high school, rather than taking a year to shine at the college level.
Of course, that could be what ultimately happens for 6-foot-3 Johnson, who is a junior at Corona Centennial High School in Corona, Calif.
As we detailed in a recent column, Johnson revealed his five finalists, namely Washington, Alabama, Kentucky, Oregon and the National Basketball League (NBL), a professional basketball league based in Melbourne, Australia.
Once that list came out, understandably a ton of Syracuse basketball fans felt Johnson was probably heading to the NBL. But he did provide some interesting comments on this topic in a recent interview with a national recruiting analyst.
Former Syracuse basketball manager Dior Johnson discusses his recruiting process.
Johnson told Rivals.com Basketball director of recruiting Rob Cassidy that the varsity teams on its final list are serious contenders to win for one of the best overall prospects in the 2022 class.
On the one hand, Johnson is from Saugerties, New York, so I’m totally connected to the longtime former assistant coach of Orange, Hopkins and Washington. The same goes for Alabama, whose head coach Nate Oats was the Buffalo boss.
Kentucky, year after year, recruit some of the best high school candidates in the country, so it’s no surprise to me that the Wildcats are chasing Johnson. According to the Cassidy article, Johnson plans to announce his future plans “sometime before the late signing period in 2022.”
But when it comes to the gossip about the likelihood of Johnson giving up college for the NBL, that’s certainly a distinct possibility. However, this does not seem to be inevitable.
“I don’t really like rushing for money,” Johnson told the Rivals.com analyst. “I’m clear enough to know that I can go to college, wait six more months, and make more money than if I was rushing to get some quick money. I’m going to take it slow and be smart. “