By MARCUS HELTON
Riverdale Baptist 2013 guard Nigel Johnson is confident that he’s finally found the perfect place to play his college ball.
Johnson verbally committed to Kansas State Saturday night, only days after the Wildcats offered a scholarship on Thursday morning and just weeks after decommitting from George Washington.
“I felt like I could definitely come in right away and make an impact,” Johnson said of Kansas State. “They told me that I can come in right away and be a major contributor.”
Kansas State assistant Chester Frazier – a Baltimore native and Lake Clifton High School graduate – led the way in recruiting Johnson.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Johnson was scheduled to leave on Sunday to begin an official visit to Missouri, but the Tigers got a verbal commitment from New York guard Shane Rector on Saturday afternoon.
“The only thing it really changed was I felt like there was no point in going on the visit then,” Johnson said, “because I don’t think it would have been smart to go to a school with three point guards. Those were my top two [schools], and I was leaning towards Kansas State anyway, but that just made it one hundred percent.””
Johnson – who received a scholarship offer on an official visit to Seton hall last week – said it was ‘Definitely’ a relief to have the recruiting process finished, but added he was happy with the final result.
“I got everything out of it that I was looking for,” he said.
Johnson shined in his lone season at Riverdale after transferring from Broad Run (Va.) He averaged 17.9 points per game while leading the Crusaders to the inaugural Capital Beltway League title and also earning CBL Tournament MVP honors.