By: Chris Hansen Follow @ChrisHansenPSB
The third time is usually the charm in life. But for Mychal Johnson of Huntington, W. Va., it took just two unofficial visits to Notre Dame for the junior guard to choose the Irish. The No. 21 ranked prospect in the 2014 class chose Notre Dame over finalists Louisville, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, all places she also visited twice.
“I really felt comfortable with everything,” Johnson said. “The way they play and the way the coaches treated every player like family.”
Johnson made the near 400-mile trip this literary analysis essay on poetry past weekend and took in the Irish 94-50 win over Massachusetts.
“They run a lot of ball screens and ball handoffs and push the ball and that’s how I’ve played and like to play.”
Johnson, who at 5 feet 8 can play either guard position, really likes how the team offense includes everyone on the floor. And where many recruits get hyper concerned with the players recruited at their specific position, Johnson is taking a different approach.
“I’m going to get in the gym i do my homework more because I know they’re going to get other good players,” Johnson said.
She is aware that the top five Notre Dame 2013 recruiting haul includes Lindsay Allen of Mitchellville, Md., who is ranked 25th nationally and is a pure point guard. It’s just that Johnson isn’t hung up on being a player that plays one position for 40 minutes a game. She thinks with the talent returning as well as the dynamite 2013 recruiting class, she can be a part of something special.
“Their teammates are close, they get along and some of the places I’ve been weren’t that way. The teams I’ve played on hw help have always been like that.”
Beyond seeing the closeness of the current teammates, Johnson has a bit of a chemistry head start with her familiarity with a couple of the Irish 2013 signees, No. 4 Taya Reimer of Indianapolis, and No. 39 Kristina Nelson of Buford, Ga.
“I’m really good friends with Taya and know Kristina too,” Johnson said.
Five players on the current Irish roster will have graduated by the time Johnson arrives in Muffet McGraw’s program. But with back-to-back top five recruiting classes and Johnson giving the program and early start on yet another highly ranked class in 2014, that closeness and chemistry could be true friend essay the key that makes Notre Dame a Final Four staple for the rest of the decade.
Chris Hansen is the managing editor for Peach State Media. In addition to serving as a contributor to the JumpOffPlus.com National Scouting Report, Hansen also covered girls’ basketball and women’s college basketball prospects nationally for ESPN.com. A graduate of the University of Washington with a communications degree, he has been involved in the women’s basketball community since 1998 as a high school and club coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He is a member of the McDonald’s All-American team selection committee. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.