If you’ve watched Milton High play this season this season, Shaquille Johnson is easy to spot. He’s the one who plays “above the rim,” leaping over much taller players for rebounds and his trademark dunks.
On Saturday night, Johnson jumped forward with his college decision, committing to Auburn.
The 6-foot-4 guard was also considering early offers from Georgia State and Liberty, among others, and had high interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson.
“I have good relationships with [the Auburn coaches] and I feel like I can go in there and get good minutes as a freshman,” Johnson told the AJC.
Milton High coach David Boyd said Auburn got a steal with Johnson, who averages 8 points and 6 rebounds, while shooting 68 percent from the field. “He’s a great athlete, a great shot blocker … very unselfish.”
Johnson doesn’t start for Milton (which oh by the way is back in the race for a mythical national championship if you haven’t noticed) but that says more about Milton’s incredulous depth. Milton returned all five starters from last year’s team that won the state championship in Georgia’s largest classification, including point guard Shannon Scott (signed with Ohio State, recently named McDonald’s All-America), forward Julian Royal (Georgia Tech), guard Dai-Jon Parker (Vanderbilt) and guard Jordan Loyd (Furman). The other starter — swingman Evan Nolte — is one of the nation’s 2012 prospects.
Johnson is a transfer from Salem High who is the team’s “sixth man” or first person off the bench. He will obviously see a vastly expanded role next year as a senior.