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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Riverdale Baptist point guard Nigel Johnson has committed to Kansas State.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Riverdale Baptist point guard Nigel Johnson has committed to Kansas State.

Published on: Thursday, April 25, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Riverdale Baptist senior point guard Nigel Johnson on Saturday announced his college plans via Twitter.

“Proud to say I just committed to Kansas State University!! Excited to be a Wildcat next year!!,” tweeted the Northern Virginia native who joined the Riverdale Baptist program for his senior campaign.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1 standout who holds various Division I offers, initially committed to George Washington University in October but last month rescinded his pledge to the Washington, D.C. school.

After re-opening his recruitment, Johnson received an offer from Kansas State last Thursday and committed to the program just two days later. He played AAU basketball for D.C. Assault, the same program that produced former Kansas State players Michael Beasley, Rodney McGruder and Jamar Samuels.

Johnson, who transferred to the Upper Marlboro private school from Broad Run High in Northern Virginia, averaged nearly 30 points per game as a high school junior.

Johnson began his high school career playing at Paul VI in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference where he was coached by former Eleanor Roosevelt head coach Glenn Farello. He spent two seasons playing at Broad Run before opting to leave for Riverdale Baptist last year.

Johnson said he transferred to Riverdale Baptist (26-10, 8-2) to play against “better competition.” He averaged nearly 18 points per game this past season while leading the Mustangs to the inaugural Capital Beltway League championship.

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