New Recruiting Target: Zach Johnson
News came out on Saturday morning that 2014 guard Zach Johnson has been offered by Butler. Johnson, a Florida native, has never publicly appeared on Butler’s recruiting radar. But the offer is not too much of a surprise as he appears to be able to fill the need of a point guard and he is a winner, something not only the staff, but also the fans, like.
I got a chance to talk with the prospect last night. Here is our question and answer:
TH: How’s school and basketball going for you?
ZJ: It’s all going great right now.
TH: So when did Butler first contact you?
ZJ: About two and a half weeks ago.
TH: Did they come and watch you at all? Do you know what Butler coach is primarily you?
ZJ: (Yes,) they saw me on the AAU circuit. (No,) they have been in contact with my high school coach.
TH: What AAU team do you play for?
ZJ: Team Breakdown.
TH: What all do you know about Butler?
ZJ: Not much, it is a new school on my list.
TH: When did you pick up the offer?
ZJ: A few weeks ago.
TH: What are your current offers?
ZJ: FGCU, Wright State, Murray State, LaSalle, Rhode Island, Georgia Southern, Tennessee, and Butler.
TH: How would your describe your game to someone who has never seen you play?
ZJ: Aggressive defender, athletic point guard, and a good play maker.
TH: Many people have been confused on whether your a 2014 or 2015 prospect. Could you explain that situation?
ZJ: I announced I was a 2015 but I’ve decided to stay 2014 then weigh all my options at the end of the season.
TH: What are your goals for this season? What are you working on in your game?
ZJ: To make sure my team finishes top 10 in the country. I’m working on defending off the ball, using pick and rolls, and becoming a better point guard.
TH: Do you have any goals on what you want to do in college?
ZJ: Just to go to a school where we have the chance to make it to the tournament every year.
TH: Anything else you are looking for in a college?
ZJ: A place where my game (play style) won’t be changed.
TH: Player you model your game after?
ZJ: Victor Oladipo.
TH: Favorite basketball player?
ZJ: LeBron James.
TH: Now for some fun facts!
TH: Favorite sports teams?
ZJ: Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins
TH: Favorite subject in school?
TH: Do you have an intended major?
ZJ: Maybe Business Management.
TH: If you could go one place in the world, where would it be?
TH: Favorite food and restaurant?
ZJ: Hot wings and the Cheescake Factory.
Johnson is a player we will keep our eye on throughout the high school season because if he does stay in the 2014 class, a decision will not come until spring.