Stansbury Picks Up Commitment from Alabama Star

Rick Stansbury has added another piece to his 2011 recruiting class. Roquez Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Montgomery Carver, committed to Mississippi State today.

Johnson averaged 16.0 points and a team-leading 13.2 rebounds per game last season for Carver. He was selected to the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game, recording nine points and four rebounds in Alabama’s 85-74 loss.

His coach, James Jackson, said Johnson is a “tremendous” ball-handler and can run the floor. Johnson was a post player for Carver, but he’ll have to bulk up if he’s going to be effective on the blocks in college.

“I call him an animal, because he can flat out fly, and he can finish,” Jackson said. “He doesn’t take plays off. You have to slow him down sometimes.”

Johnson has a two-star rating from Rivals but no stars from Scout, and he held no other SEC offers (he said Missouri, Missouri State and Murray State offered him). So he could be a bit of a project. It’s a good fit for him, though, because he grew up an MSU fan. Also, his brother, Robert Johnson, was recruited to Merididan Community College by first-year MSU assistant George Brooks, who recruited Roquez.

Johnson feels he can be a good addition to MSU. “I think I can bring a lot of energy,” he said.

So, Johnson’s addition brings MSU’s 2011 class to four. D.J. Gardner, Rodney Hood and Deville Smith all signed in the early period; Johnson said he’ll probably sign April 11, which is the start of the spring signing period. He hopes to enroll at MSU in June.

MSU now has 12 scholarship players for next season, leaving Stansbury with room for one more signee, and I’m sure he’ll add one.