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Jeff Capel Calls and Offers Georgia 2023 Point Guard London Johnson

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The Pitt basketball staff has been in contact with London Johnson for some time now and their latest phone call resulted in the sophomore point guard receiving another major offer.

Johnson (6-foot-4, 175-pounds) recently moved to Norcross, Georgia from Charlotte, North Carolina and over the weekend had an outstanding performance in a Atlanta Rise Hoops Tournament scoring 44 points in one of the games. Today, Johnson talked for the first time with Jeff Capel, who formally extended him an offer, to go along with other ones from Georgia, Georgetown, Xavier, and Georgia Tech. He is also actively receiving interest from Clemson, Wake Forest, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Ole Miss, Alabama, Rutgers, Tennessee, and LSU.

“The first thing he asked me was how my weekend went, he saw that I had a big performance scoring 44 points and I think he saw that,” Johnson tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “We ended up losing in the championship game to Atlanta Express but overall I told him that I had a good weekend. Coach then said that he knows that I’m young and that I have family in Pittsburgh and that have attended Pittsburgh. He told me that he wanted to offer me now in order to start building a connection with me and then get me up to visit Pittsburgh.”

“When I got that news, I was very excited but also motivated to keep working hard to improve. I felt that the offer would eventually come because of how hard I’ve been working. The offer means a lot to me and I really appreciate it. My aunt recently moved to the Pittsburgh area. I will really think about committing to Pitt as long as the playing style fits me and my game.”

Johnson is a shifty ball handler with a strong finishing ability at the rim. A talented scorer, he effortlessly weaves his way through the lane and has a layup package that allows him to finish over bigger defenders. 

“I think I am at my best defensively and shooting,” he added. “I am also very good at reading the pick and roll. I am comfortable shooting at all three levels and on defense I am very good both on and off the ball,” said Johnson.

“Today was my first time talking with Coach Capel and the entire Pitt staff. It was fun and they really seem like good people and coaches. When we were talking, they were telling me how their favorite player was Michael Jordan and then they started doing some trash talking with me because I told them my favorite players is LeBron James.”

Johnson is only a sophomore but tells PSN that he’s started the process of scheduling unofficial visits. First up for him will be a trip to Georgia the first week of June.

“I think Pitt will definitely get a visit from me. Coach told me that we’ll connect soon and give me some dates on when I can come up and visit soon.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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