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Dior Johnson, No. 1 Point Guard, Announces His Commitment

Oregon's players warm up ahead of a game against USC.

EUGENE, OR - JANUARY 13: Malcolm Armstead (11) and Jeremy Jacob (23) of the Oregon Ducks warm up before the first game between the USC Trojans and the Oregon Ducks basketball teams at Matt Court on January 13, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. The arena is named co-founder and Chairman of Nike, Inc., Phil Knight's son, Matthew, who died at the age of 34 in a scuba diving accident. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Dior Johnson, the No. 1 ranked point guard in the 2022 cycle, was previously considered a lock to go straight from high school to a professional league. Instead, he'll forego professional ball to play in college (for now, at least).

Johnson announced on Tuesday he's heading to Eugene to play for Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks. He highlighted his relationship with Altman and the Oregon staff in an interview with ESPN.

"I decided to commit to Oregon because of the great relationships I have built with the coaching staff," Johnson said, via ESPN.com. "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."

If Johnson holds true to his commitment to the Ducks, he'll be the second-highest rated commit to ever play for Oregon. He'll trail only Bol Bol, who joined the Ducks in 2018 as the No. 4 overall player in his cycle.

For those unfamiliar with his skill-set, Dior Johnson is an electric play-maker with excellent length at the point guard position. He's a superb finisher at the rim and distributor in the post. Take a look at a few of his high school highlights in the video below.

If Dior Johnson sticks to his commitment to the Ducks, it'll be a good sign for college basketball in regards to athlete compensation.

Johnson could've made serious money taking his talents to professional basketball. Instead, he's going to Oregon where he could potentially make massive earnings off his NIL in coming years (if the NCAA makes changes it's expected to eventually make).

Johnson's commitment to Oregon is a good sign for college hoops as a whole.