RAMS ADD MELVIN JOHNSON FOR 2012-13 SEASON

RICHMOND, Va. – Add one more for Havoc.

Consensus top-100 guard Melvin Johnson (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep) has signed with Virginia Commonwealth University, Rams' Head Coach Shaka Smart announced Monday. Johnson has enrolled in classes and will be eligible to compete immediately.

"We are extremely excited about adding Melvin to our program," Smart said. "He is a great kid who can put the ball in the basket at a high rate. His future is bright at VCU!"

A 6-foot-3, 195-pound combo guard, Johnson starred for St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. last year. A smooth scorer with outstanding range from beyond the 3-point arc, Johnson is a welcome addition to Smart's up-tempo Havoc attack. He averaged 20.8 points per game for St. Benedict's in 2011-12 and knocked down 82 three-point field goals.

Johnson has been rated four stars by every major recruiting service and is ranked No. 76 in the class of 2012 by Scout.com, No. 85 by ESPN and No. 99 by Rivals.com. Scout.com also ranks Johnson as the 14th-best shooting guard in the class of 2012.

As a member of the Long Island Lightning AAU squad in 2011, Johnson earned MVP of the Hoop Group Elite Camp Session I. He began his prep career at famed Rice High School in Harlem, but moved to St. Benedict's when the school closed.

Originally a University of Miami signee, Johnson picked VCU over a host of suitors following the reopening of his recruitment. Marquette, Georgetown, Villanova and Dayton were among those interested in Johnson.

Johnson is the latest in an impressive recruiting haul for Smart and his staff. He joins a 2012 class that includes Jordan Burgess, Mo-Alie Cox and Justin Tuoyo.

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