Top basketball recruit drops UNLV

UNLV hopes of landing one of the nation’s top shooting wings at the recruiting buzzer came to an end today. Noel Johnson (6-7, 200) of Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, Ga., rated the nation’s No. 56 prospect for the Class of 2009 by, will decide Friday night between Clemson and LSU according to his father Lynbert “Cheese” Johnson.

Noel Johnson originally signed a letter of intent to attend USC but later was granted his release in the wake of the O.J. Mayo recruiting firestorm that resulted in Trojan head coach Tim Floyd’s resignation. He visited UNLV on the weekend of June 5th-7th.

Johnson returned from an unofficial trip to Clemson on Thursday.

“It went really well,” his father told “It really did. Noel is down to two schools right now, Clemson and LSU. We spent a long time with (Clemson head coach Oliver Purnell) and that all went good.”

Johnson averaged 28 points and nine rebounds as a senior.