Clemon Johnson has been waiting for the opportunity to coach at his alma mater for a longtime. Now, the new Florida A&M head basketball coach is hoping to take advantage of being back home and he's already making his mark on recruiting.
The former NBA player signed four to a national letter of intent, three coming from Florida and one from Georgia.
6'8" Eddie D'Haiti comes from Santa Fe College. Markee Teal is 6'7" and last played for the State College of Florida. These two are joined by 6'7" Nathaniel Drayton from Salkehatchie Community College. True freshman, 6'4" D'Andre Bullard, should help at point guard.
"I don't know what the attitude is of the young men I have returning next year, coming from the Eugene Harris era," said Johnson. "These guys are coming in with new, fresh ideas. They can become captains or become leaders and the other guys can follow their lead. Another words, 'Hey, I just came from a winning program. This is what it takes to win.' And that's what we're looking for."
Johnson said he relied on the advice he received from assistant coach Tony Sheals because he had come to FAMU too late into the recruiting period. But Johnson is already getting excited for the recruiting period for next year's class. He said in a month he'll be inside high school gyms with the rest of the other coaches.
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