Longhorns hook No. 4 hoops recruit Johnson
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- ET Top-five hire Tre Johnson, the second-highest-ranked uncommitted player in the 2024 class, announced his commitment to Texas
on Wednesday, leaving Rodney Terry and the Longhorns’ guys’s basketball group as the huge winners of the early finalizing period.Johnson selected Texas over Baylor after a long head-to-head battle in between the two in-state competitors.”I have a terrific relationship with the personnel,”Johnson, who is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN 100, informed ESPN.
“I’ve existed multiple times and there’s a fantastic connection. I might be myself around them.
“Editor’s Picks 2 Associated Johnson’s dad, Richard Johnson Jr., played his college ball at Baylor, where Terry was an assistant coach under Harry Miller. The 2 schools appeared to trade momentum throughout the latter phases of Johnson’s recruitment, but the
Longhorns won out in the end.” He shoots you straight, “Tre Johnson said of Terry.”He gets on the best players in practice. I like that. He desires the best from you.”He added:”There’s no NBA team in Austin. The fans offer terrific support, and the Moody Center gets loud.
I like their culture.” A 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Texas who dips into Link Academy (Missouri), Johnson has hovered at or near the top of the 2024 rankings for the in 2015. He went into last spring at No. 1 and was consistently tracked by all 6 of his final schools: Baylor, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Alabama and Kentucky.Johnson then headed out and balanced 18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 21 games with the Houston Hoops grassroots program on the Nike EYBL circuit, shooting almost 35 %from 3-point range.Johnson told”The Pat McAfee Program”on Wednesday that he had a chance to work out with previous Texas star Kevin Durant, who had positive things to say
about the Longhorns. “I spoke to him, bounced some concepts off his head,” Johnson said.” He stated it was a great place to come in and hoop and just play, great environment. Just anticipating coming down there on campus.” Johnson represented U.S.A. Basketball at the 2023 FIBA U19 World Cup, where Team USA had a hard time to a fourth-place surface. He was productive during his time in Hungary, nevertheless, averaging 11.1 points in 7 games, shooting 50%from inside the arc and 35.7 %from 3-point range.Texas now has three employees in the 2024 class, with all three ranked inside the ESPN 100. Johnson joins wing Cameron Scott(No. 24 )and forward Nic Codie (No. 67 )in the Longhorns ‘group.Johnson is the highest-ranked recruit to select Texas because Dillon Mitchell– who was likewise ranked No. 4– in the 2022 class. The last recruit ranked greater than No. 4 to head to Austin was Myles Turner back in the Class of