Justin Johnson Announces Commitment to Western Kentucky

Justin Johnson shown above, has been a huge target for Western Kentucky since he was a freshmen in High School

Western Kentucky picked up a big commitment Monday, as Perry County Central forward Justin Johnson gave his verbal pledge to the Hilltoppers. Johnson, a 6’6, 230 lb forward is a three-star prospect who chose WKU over Boston College, Miami Ohio, Auburn and Providence. Johnson from Inez, Kentucky averaged 16.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game his junior season with the Commodores. He becomes the second member of the WKU's 2014 recruiting class. Franklin Road Academy in Tennessee, forward Rob Marberry committed to Western in August. Johnson a candidate for 2014 Kentucky Mr. Basketball honors, had been a number one recruiting target for Western Kentucky, since his freshmen year in high school. WKU's coaches have had Johnson in their sights for years, visiting his high school and watching him play for Perry County Central and the Kentucky Travelers club as much as they were able to do under the rules. Johnson has said multiple times that he felt like WKU’s top priority in the 2014 class. He seriously considered a commitment to Boston College after his most recent visit, but he ultimately decided to chose the Toppers because he’s a “big family guy” and wants his relatives, friends and coaches to have the chance to attend his games.


Johnson is a hardnosed and competitive power forward. He plays with great effort and urgency on both ends of the floor. Johnson rebounds on both ends with great desire and has a nose for the ball. Anything that hits his hands in his area he squeezes and maintains possession. He has good hands and touch and does a good job finishing everything or drawing the foul around the basket on a consistent basis although it is below the rim. Johnson also does a great job of moving the defense with his shot fake in order to get off his shot in and around the lane. Johnson can also get to the rim with short distance drives and can score through contact. Western Kentucky is very excited for the future of their program and were thrilled when they received the news from Johnson.

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Alex Kline