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Kansas State lands Nigel Johnson of Riverdale Baptist

Riverdale Baptist senior guard Nigel Johnson committed to Kansas State on Saturday just weeks after decommitting from George Washington and re-opening his recruitment (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Entering this weekend, Nigel Johnson‘s plan was to visit his two top choices, Missouri and Kansas State, and make a decision on where to take his basketball talents. But after hearing Saturday that South Kent (Conn.) senior guard Shane Rector had committed to Missouri, Johnson was able to confirm the slight notion he previously held — Kansas State was the school for him.

The Riverdale Baptist senior guard committed to the Wildcats on Saturday night, bringing his recruitment to a close just three weeks after decommitting from George Washington and two days after Kansas State extended a scholarship offer to Johnson.

“I talked it over with my family and we all felt like it was a good choice where I could go in and make an impact as a freshman, and that’s what I was looking for,” Johnson said. “It was almost neck and neck, but Kansas State had a slight lead. Once I had a chance to see who was going where and seeing that Missouri would have three point guards, that just made it one hundred percent that I was going to Kansas State.”

Johnson said he plans to take an official visit to the Manhattan (Kan.) campus this week and then sign his national letter of intent soon thereafter. By doing so, the 6-foot-1 sharpshooter will be the fifth and final piece to the Wildcats’ 2013 recruiting class.

“Of course, I’m looking to earn my spot in the lineup,” Johnson said, “but knowing the opportunity I’ll have at Kansas State to come in and make an early impact was big for me and something that I’m excited about.”

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.

Johnson, who also garnered an offer from Seton Hall last week following an official visit, had initially committed to George Washington in October.

Previously: Johnson decommits from GW

Recruit Watch: The latest offers, commitments and signings

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.



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