Riverdale Baptist PG Nigel Johnson decommits from George Washington, re-opens recruitment

March 29, 2013

Crusaders’ senior point guard Nigel Johnson (23) has re-opened his recruitment. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Riverdale Baptist senior guard Nigel Johnson has decommitted from George Washington and re-opened his recruitment. The 6-foot-1 standout said Friday that he felt like he rushed his initial commitment in October and wanted to take more time to consider his options.

“I realized that I didn’t put as much thought into the decision as I should have,” Johnson said. “I’ve been thinking about it for a while now, but I figured since I already made a commitment that it was too late. But as it’s gotten closer and closer to me going to college, I figured now that I should take some more time to make a choice that I feel comfortable with.”

Johnson informed GW Coach Mike Lonergan of his decision by phone on Thursday night. In a conversation that Johnson said went “better than expected,” he told Lonergan that the Colonials weren’t out of the running, but that he needed more time to make his college decision.

“I was more nervous thinking about calling him than I was during the conversation,” Johnson said. “I know it wasn’t the news that he wanted to hear, but he wasn’t really mad or anything. He understood where I was coming from.”

Though Johnson said doesn’t have a final list of schools he’s considering, he hopes to use all three of his remaining official visits. At the time of his commitment, Johnson also held offers from American, Bucknell, Lehigh, Holy Cross, UNC-Greensboro, Northeasern, Florida International and William & Mary, among others.

The next signing period for Division I basketball recruits begins April 17 and ends on May 15.

“I’d like to make a decision once the next signing period begins, but we’ll see,” Johnson said. “I’m just open to seeing what comes in and exploring my options.”

After transferring from Broad Run, where he averaged an area-best 29.5 points as a junior, Johnson led Riverdale Baptist to the inaugural Capital Beltway League championship. As a senior, Johnson averaged 17.9 points for the Crusaders, including a team-high 33 points in the CBL title game during which he earned MVP honors.

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