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Updated Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Huskies land 6-4 guard Darin Johnson, a Ray Allen-like shooter

By Percy Allen
Seattle Times staff reporter

Darin Johnson talked a lot about the fit being a good one at Washington, which is why the 6-foot-4 guard from Sacramento signed scholarship papers with the Huskies.

A self-described shooter who "really loves to score and hustle," he envisions a seamless transition to college basketball when he arrives in Montlake in 2013.

"I see myself fitting in very well there because the things they do I like to do," Johnson said. "That was big for me. Finding a place where I can play my game. And finding a coach that I could relate to and get to know."

After failing to land a recruit in the fall signing period last year, Washington secured Johnson on the first day of the early-signing period, which ends Nov. 21.

The Huskies also expect to land four-star recruit Nigel Williams-Goss, a point guard at Findlay Prep in Nevada. He could sign a letter of intent as early as Friday.

Washington's top recruiting target, Aaron Gordon, isn't expected to make a decision until spring.

Johnson is the first high-school player to join the team since 2010. He's considered a three-star recruit by ESPN and Scout.com, while Rivals ranks him a four-star prospect.

Johnson, who declined offers from Oregon, San Diego State and Texas A&M, said Washington's track record of developing players for the NBA helped convince him.

"During the recruiting process I really enjoyed getting to know coach (Lorenzo) Romar and everyone," Johnson said. "They're straight-up guys. They don't promise you anything. They tell you what the deal is.

"My expectation is to play in the NBA and they've developed players to get there at my position. And I felt that with me going there, they can work with me and develop me to get to that level. That's really what it came down to."

Johnson averaged 16.8 points last season at Sacramento's Franklin High. He transferred this summer and joined San Diego State signees D'Erryl Williams and Dakarai Allen on a Sheldon team that has state-title aspirations.

"The thing about Darin is he's very intense and hates to lose," Sheldon High coach Joey Rollings said. "He fits in well with our team. He likes to get up and down the court, which we do a lot. Our game is all about the fast break. We shoot a lot of threes.

"He's kind of like Ray Allen. He's a good shooter, but he can take it inside for floaters. ... His thing is scoring. He's a flat-out scorer."

Darin Johnson file

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 190

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

Class: Senior

High School: Sheldon High in Elk Grove, Calif.

2011-12 season scoring average: 16.8 points

Recruiting rankings: Three-star prospect, ESPN and Scout.com; Four-star prospect, Rivals.com


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