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BOYS BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Cass Tech’s Johnson ready for some Ocean-side living, signs with Florida Atlantic

By: Scott Burnstein, March 29, 2013, 10:00 am

DETROIT – The Ocean, the sun and the fun and most of all Division I college basketball.

That’s what Detroit Cass Tech hoops star D’Andre Johnson has in store for himself in the near future.

The smooth and smart 6-foot-1 ½ Johnson, one of the state’s best point guards, signed with Florida Atlantic University last week, inking to play for Mike Jarvis, who through the years has coached two different teams into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 (George Washington and St. John’s).

Florida Atlantic competes in the Sun Belt Conference and finished 14-18 this season.

Johnson, a standout on both ends of the court, is expected to challenge for playing time at the floor general spot with the Owls the moment he steps foot in Boca Raton in a few months. He selected Florida Atlantic over offers from schools like Central Michigan, Western Michigan, St. Bonaventure and Northeastern, among others.

During his senior campaign as a prepster in 2013, he averaged 17 points, seven assists and three steals per game, while leading his Cass Tech cage squad to a 19-4 overall record. In his final high school game, he went out in style, putting up 25 points and ten assists in a last-second 78-76 loss in the Class A district championship to No. 1 in the state Detroit Pershing.

The Metro Detroit area has seen a recent string of prep stars head down to Florida for their college ball; Isaiah Sykes from Detroit Denby is an all-conference guard at Central Florida. Former Bloomfield Hills Andover all-state point guard Cameron Bell is playing at Florida International. Byron (Bo) Ziegler, an all-state swingman a week removed from guiding his Detroit Community team into the Class B state finals, is signed with South Florida and local high-scoring girls gunner Sydni Davis, an all-state pick from Southfield-Lathrup, is inked with Stetson.

Johnson’s prep teammate at Cass Tech, 6-foot-6 senior center DeAngelo Stewart, will also be playing at the Division I level next year. Stewart has been signed with the Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville since November.