The Oregon Ducks basketball program landed a game-changing talent Tuesday.
Dior Johnson, the nation's No. 1 point guard according to 247Sports, committed to the Oregon Ducks via publicly telling ESPN's Jonathan Givony.
"I decided to commit to Oregon because of the great relationships I have built with the coaching staff," Johnson told Givony. "Coach Crutchfield and Coach Altman welcomed me with open arms from day one. We were able to get on the same page quickly as they have built a great plan for me to succeed."
With a 247Sports composite score of 0.9974, Johnson is the second-highest-rated recruit in Ducks program history behind just Bol Bol.
As for why the 2022 five-star guard decided to commit now, he said it "felt like Oregon was the place" for him and that he is excited to play for Dana Altman, who he called a "legendary coach."
In late May, Johnson narrowed his list to a final five of Oregon, Alabama, Washington, Kentucky, and the NBL. If he went pro, the New Zealand Basketball League reportedly offered him $1.2 million according to Tipton Edits.
RJ Hampton and LaMelo Ball both went in the first round of the 2020 NBA Draft after spending a year in the NBL.
However, the 6'3, 180-pound five-star will be enrolling in Eugene, OR.
247Sports Director of Basketball Scouting compares Johnson to De'Aaron Fox with a projection of being a top-ten NBA Draft pick.
"Good length and stature for a point guard," he wrote in November 2020. "Quick athlete with superb body control. Has tremendous instincts as a driver and passer. Delivers the difficult pass. Finishes the difficult shot. High level lay up maker. Has multiple fade away moves to his right shoulder. Shoots the ball well enough to be considered a three-level scorer. Has potential to rebound his position well and be a dangerous versatile defender. Has bounced around to multiple high school which some view as a yellow flag."