May 15, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Alexander Johnson, the No. 5 rated power forward in this year’s recruiting class, has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Florida State University and play for second-year Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton. Johnson made his decision only one day before the official close of the NCAA’s spring signing period that ends May 15.
Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound forward/center, averaged 25.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 5.0 blocked shots this past season while playing for head coach Whit Lesure at Bridgton (Maine) Academy. He played one season at Bridgton and helped the team to a 25-7 record. Johnson was considered to be the most dominant player among all New England Prep School Class A players last season.
“He’s a dominant, physical, inside kid,” said Lesure. “He has the ability to step out to the 3-point line and make plays by scoring, putting it on the floor and passing. You can say he is a power forward, but he’s such a physical player he can play center.”
Johnson was one of the nation’s top high school recruits as a senior at Dougherty High School in Albany, Ga. He was named the Class 4A Player of the Year in the state of Georgia as a senior in high school in leading Dougherty to the state championship. The Sporting News ranked him as the nation’s 14th-best prep prospect as a high school senior. Johnson was also ranked No. 21 in the nation by RivalsHoops.com, No. 26 by cnnsi.com and BlueChipHoops.com and No. 34 by CBS.Sportline.com.
“We are excited about the announcement of Alexander Johnson signing his letter of intent to attend Florida State University,” said Hamilton. “He’s the type of youngster we like to have in our post position. Alexander is a guy who is versatile enough to play at the high post, to play in the low post, pick and pop on the wing and step in the short corner. He’s versatile enough in that he gives us an opportunity to utilize our offense a little better.”
Johnson selected Florida State over Cincinnati and Connecticut. He originally signed with the University of Georgia in the fall of 2001 but never enrolled.
Johnson becomes the fourth member of one of the nation’s top recruiting classes at Florida State. The class currently includes Vaketon Wafer, a Parade All-American third-team selection from Lisbon, La., Diego Romero from Lon Morris College in Texas and Antonio Griffin from Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.