Tuesday, April 09, 2002

UC looks for Little replacement

JC big man to visit

By Michael Perry mperry@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Kareem Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound center from Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla., is scheduled to make an official recruiting visit to the University of Cincinnati this weekend.

        Johnson, who averaged 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks, has already visited Oklahoma State, Charlotte and Auburn. Chipola coach Ryan Cross said Johnson may make a decision next Monday.

        “He's a big, strong, athletic low-post player, kind of a banger,” Cross said. “He scores around the basket. He's a decent shot-blocker and a decent rebounder. Obviously, with (UC) losing Donald Little, he'll be able to come in and fill a void.”

        Little was dismissed from the Bearcats program last week after being arraigned on felonious assault and kidnapping charges.

        That made finding a big man a priority for UC. The spring signing period begins Wednesday.

        Johnson is from Eufaula, Ala., and was Alabama's Class 5A Player of the Year as a high school senior, Cross said. This past season, he was named first-team all-Panhandle Conference.

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