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Tracking the College Basketball Stars of the Future

ECU & C-USA Hoops Recruiting Report
Tuesday, December 16, 2003

By Thad Mumau
Special Correspondent

Juco tandem on Herrion's radar

©2003 Bonesville.net

Tihon Johnson and Waki Williams have played on the same basketball team for a long time, and they could continue the trend in Greenville next year.

Both are being recruited by East Carolina, and, although a package deal is not something either athlete is talking about, it is possible since they are completely different kinds of players.

Johnson and Williams are in their second year at Mount San Jacinto (CA) Junior College after starring at Columbus (OH) East High School.

Johnson, a 6-4, 200-pound combination guard, averaged 19.2 points and 5.6 rebounds as San Jacinto got off to an 8-2 start that has the team ranked No. 4 among California junior colleges. He missed the first five games with an ankle sprain and is now back to full strength.

Williams, who stands 6-9 and weighs 215, had played in all 10 games and averaged 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. He posted a double-double against Palomar with 29 points and 13 rebounds.


As freshmen, Johnson got 19.7 points (with a high of 39) and six boards per game, while Williams added 17.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a contest. Johnson sank 81.6 percent of his free throws. Williams made 55.6 percent of his field goal attempts.

Both are fine three-point marksmen, with Johnson hitting 40 percent (8-20) behind the arc this season and Williams even better at 46.4 (13-28).

"They can both score in a variety of ways," Mount San Jacinto coach Patrick Springer said, "and both are extremely quick for their size. Tihon is an outside-in guy and Waki goes inside-out. Both are very versatile.

"In Tihon, youíre looking at a power-type guard. He is a big, physical kid who really has a knack for scoring. He takes the ball to the basket real hard and can post up a lot of people, even guys who are a little taller, because heís so strong.

"He is a very good ball handler. I think in college he would be a two guard who could slide over and give you some minutes as a back-up point and even play small forward.

"Waki is a four/three type, a power forward who can move out on the perimeter. Heís a point forward and is very good at taking the ball at the top of the circle and either hitting the jump shot or spotting open teammates because he can see over the defense. He is one of our best passers.

"Waki isnít quite as physical as Tihon, but heís more athletic. Last season, we had to keep Waki inside most of the time, but we have more size and depth this year and will be able to let him play outside more."

Johnson has taken an official visit to Creighton and an unofficial trip to Akron. Connecticut is very interested in him and so is Baylor.

Williams has not made any visits. He is getting looks from Houston, Memphis, Ohio State, Arizona and Boise State.

The East Carolina staff likes Johnson and Williams as head coach Bill Herrion and assistant Greg Herenda have watched them play.

"Bill Herrion has been out to see them," Springer said. "When the head coach takes the time to come all the way out here, thatís a plus in that it impresses the kids.

"I donít think they will make a decision any time soon, but you never know. Both of them are wide open. They havenít said anything about trying to go to the same college, but they have been together quite a while and are good friends."

Gordon scoring big

Louisville and Memphis join Tennessee as high-scoring junior Jamonte Gordonís three favorite schools.

The 6-4 wing guard has been averaging over 35 points per game this season. for Nashville (TN) Glencliff High School. Alabama, Indiana and Illinois have also shown interest.

Gordon made 14 of 22 shots vs. Whites Creek High, finishing with 38 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.

Luke Zeller, a 6-11 junior center from Washington (IN) High, is attracting lots of attention. Louisville and Marquette are among the schools recruiting the prospect ranked No. 16 in the 2005 class by Prepstars.com. Others include Kansas, North Carolina, N.C. State, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Stanford, Purdue and Xavier.

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