Heading into this past weekend, it was well known that 2013 shooting guard Darin Johnson was set to make an announcement.
That decision came in on Sunday as Johnson verbally pledged to Washington and head coach Lorenzo Romar.
An original native of Sacramento, California, Johnson currently attends Shelden H.S. (CA) and his commitment ups the Huskies’ class to two for 2013. Johnson will join fellow guard prospect Nigel Williams-Goss on campus next season.
At 6-foot-4, Johnson made his decision in favor of Washington after consideration from Texas A&M, Oregon and San Diego State. The Aztecs were not far behind in Johnson’s decision given the fact that head coach Steve Fisher had already landed Johnson’s AAU teammates, Dakarai Allen and D’Erryl Williams.
However, the Huskies ended up being the selection for Johnson and alongside Williams-Goss, Romar is hoping not miss a beat as seniors Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs will be graduating next spring.
The Huskies are also in the hunt for 6-foot-4 guard Isaac Hamilton, as well as west coast stud and 6-foot-7 forward, Aaron Gordon.
Rivals lists Johnson at No. 123 overall from within the class of 2013 and according to the Seattle Times he is expected to officially sign his Letter of Intent during November’s early period which runs from Nov. 14-21.
While much of the Pac-12 continues to improve after disappointing seasons over each of the past few years, Washington has been able to stay competitive. They enter the 2012-13 season after being left on the outside of the field of 68 a year ago, this despite being crowned regular season champs.
Johnson ran with the Play Hard Play Smart squad during his time on the AAU circuit.
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