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Johnson signs with Canisius
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Johnson commits to Canisius

Point guard had offers and interest from a number of schools.

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Senior point guard Jermaine Johnson committed to Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, Monday.

The Golden Griffins play NCAA Division I basketball in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Johnson averaged 20 points, four assists and five steals this season on his way to Prep League player of the year, second-team all-state and third-team All-Metro honors.

The 5-10 guard received interest from several Division I schools and had numerous Division II schools eager to gain a commitment. But the Golden Griffins, new coach Jim Baron and his coaching staff were too good to pass up.

"The coaching staff was really cool," said Johnson, who will sign his letter of intent Tuesday. "I feel like the coaches have great relationships with the players. If felt like family.

"The style of play fits me perfectly. They want to get up-and-down, press and score quickly."

Johnson scored 975 points in two years of play for the Saints, leading the team to a 34-23 record, the school's most wins over a two-year span.

Johnson plans to major in business economics. He will join Rob Vozenilek '11 as current Saints playing college basketball.

Vozenilek made Virginia's team as a walk-on in the 2011-12 season. 

"It is wonderful that Jermaine earned this tremendous opportunity to continue his education and basketball career at Canisius College," Saints coach Hamill Jones said. "In addition to his remarkable basketball skills, Jermaine will bring a ferocious competitive spirit to the Canisius program and Coach Baron.

"I'm proud of Jermaine and excited to watch the next chapter of his career as a student-athlete."