Curious to say the least, but Pitt has added a new member to the 2014 recruiting class.
Johnson started his junior season as a 6-foot-2, 165-pound point guard. He now stands 6-6, 185, and can play almost anywhere.
“I expected to grow at least some in high school because my parents are tall and my mom grew late,” said Johnson, whose father is 6-8 and mother is 5-11.
“It’s allowed me to play more positions, that’s for sure. I’ve always stuck to point guard and shooting guard. Now, I can fill in at small forward and power forward. That’s what schools like to see, a guy who is versatile and can play multiple positions.”
He may be up to around 6-7 or 6-8 at this point. His father, Gil Johnson, played at Pitt from 1988-90.
Johnson is not a rated recruit. He has strong academics so he had schools like Rice, Penn and Columbia after him. Late in the recruiting season schools like Stanford, BC and Virginia have been sniffing around him.
I don’t know what to say. It’s intriguing because he has had such a surge in growth. A 6-8 combo guard sounds very, very tantalizing. No doubt he is a project and will be redshirting.
The other thing this does is raise the question of from where is the scholarship is coming?
Even assuming Detrick Mostella never makes it to Pitt (a reasonable assumption), Pitt is already at the limit.
Guards: Newkirk, Robinson, Wright and Jones (4)
Forwards: Johnson, Jeter, Luther, Artis and Young (5)
Center/Forwards: Randall, Uchebo, Haughton and Doorson (4)
That’s the 13 scholarship limit and Cameron Johnson makes 14. Is someone transferring/being forced out? Is there a member of the incoming recruiting class that won’t have the academics?
I don’t know. My knee-jerk guess might be Joseph Uchebo. Pitt added two bigs to this class and Uchebo was not able to do anything on his surgically repaired knee this year. I don’t know if there is a medical waiver that might come into play, or something else. Like I said, this is just a guess at this point.
Let the rampant speculation commence.