WVU Continues Build Of 2020 Hoops Class With Texas Juco
West Virginia added a third player to its men’s basketball verbal list for the Class of 2020 when Kedrian Johnson committed to the Mountaineer program following a weekend visit to campus.
— Kedrian Johnson⚡️🖤 (@Keddy6oo) September 15, 2019
Johnson, a native of Dallas, Texas, was a three-year starter at South Oak Cliff High School where he earned district MVP honors as both a junior and as a senior. Upon graduation following the 2016-17 season, he attended Saint Peters University, where he redshirted in 2017-18. After one year at the New Jersey college, he transferred to Temple (Texas) College for the 2018-19 season. He will play for the Leopards again this year, and will have two years of eligibility remaining at WVU starting with the 2020-21 season
As a redshirt freshman at Temple, Johnson averaged 25.6 points per game, making 46.8% of his shots, including 37.9% from 3-point range. His slashing, penetrating style put him on the line 316 times, where he converted 246 of a 77.8% success rate. He also averaged 4.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game while compiling a 1.6-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. He capped his across-the-board excellence with 116 steals (3.7 per contest).
Johnson describes himself as a combo guard, and his videos support that label. He handles the ball smoothly, and his strength lies in an excellent array of moves off the dribble. He doesn’t blow by defenders with raw speed, but instead uses an array of aggressive drives, step backs and pull ups to create space and get open shots. He can also hit from the perimeter when defenders drop away in an effort to cut down on his forays into the lane and at the rim.
That mix of skills should allow Johnson to be a dual threat from the perimeter when he comes to WVU for the 2020-21 season. He won’t be pigeonholed as just a ballhandler or a shooter or driver, and could provide defenders with a problem in choosing which way to guard him. He also provides and excellent complement to Taj Thweatt and Isaiah Cottrell, the two players already committed to the class. In today’s increasingly position-less basketball world, Johnson looks to be able to fill multiple roles.
Johnson was en route back to Temple following his commitment Sunday afternoon.