West Virginia’s coaching staff knows it has to rebuild at guard for upcoming seasons, and it went back to a familiar area to snare its second commitment for the Class of 2021.
Kobe Johnson, a rising senior at Canton-McKinley High School in Ohio announced his pledge to the Mountaineers today. He joins fellow Ohioan Seth Wilson in the class.
I have committed to West Virginia University.. Thank you @CoachHuggs and staff for everything. @WVUhoops I’m excited for the opportunity to compete at the next level.. #HailWV pic.twitter.com/09zPIoCZAK
— Kobe Johnson (@KobeJohnson930) July 23, 2020
A strong guard who can hit the open jumper and drive the ball effectively in traffic, Johnson has the high motor valued by the Mountaineer coaching staff. Playing for the All-Ohio Red AAU program, a familiar recruiting ground for the WVU staff, he shows the ability to dominate play both with and without the ball.
Johnson averaged 18.8 points per game on 49% shooting from the floor last year while earning District player of the year honors and a spot on the Ohio High School Athletic Association All-Ohio Division I first team.
He shot 38% from 3-point range and 77% from the free throw line in 2019-20, and added averages of 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest in the regular season. McKinley defeated Massillon, Boardman and Green on the way to a district title before being knocked out in the regional semifinals.
In that playoff stretch, Johnson averaged 22.8 points per contest. He led his team in both scoring and assists during the season.
WVU may have stolen on march on its recruiting foes in snaring a commitment from Johnson. He had offers from every MAC school as well as Valparaiso, but the Mountaineers got in early ahead of interest from other power league teams, such as Wisconsin.