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Concord's Ramon Johnson (10) slides between Jimtown's Dylan Guldager (left) and Sam Pawlak as he floats to the hoop during basketball action at Jimtown Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (Jennifer Shephard / The Elkhart Truth)

Ramon Johnson #10 Concord varsity basketball player 2013-14 season. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Ramon Johnson eyes walk-on try at Central Michigan
Posted on Aug. 1, 2014 at 4:53 p.m.

ELKHART — Ramon Johnson’s interscholastic basketball days might not be over yet. At least he hopes so.

The 2014 Concord High School graduate and The Elkhart Truth All-Area first-teamer said he plans to make an NCAA Division I walk-on attempt with Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

Johnson, who plans to study business, passed on smaller-school feelers during his senior year to choose a school based on academics and “where I felt comfortable.”

Johnson said Friday, Aug. 1, that he’s been encouraged to make the walk-on attempt by friend Josh Kozinski, an Edwardsburg graduate and CMU scholarship player who completed his first season last winter.

Kozinski played in the Chippewas’ first nine games last season, averaging 11.8 minutes and 3.0 points, but ultimately gained a medical redshirt, according to Johnson.

"Josh told me they have a lot of people try out (for potentially one or two walk-on spots), but that he thinks I’d have a chance,” Johnson said. "They have a really good point guard (Chris Fowler), but maybe I can be a backup.”

Johnson heads to Mount Pleasant on Aug. 8 for orientation and hopes to talk with CMU coaches then. Keno Davis is head coach of the Chippewas, who went 10-21 overall last season, 3-15 in the Mid-American Conference.

The elusive, 5-foot-9 Johnson averaged team-leading figures of 19.2 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals while helping the Minutemen to a 15-9 record and Class 4A Elkhart Sectional title last season. He shot 42.5 percent on 3-pointers and 79.5 percent at the line.