Kansas Jayhawks land top prospect Chris Johnson after long recruitment pause

Lawrence, Kansas - The Kansas Jayhawks finally got back in the recruitment business as they got their first commit of the 2023 class on Tuesday, welcoming highly-rated guard Chris Johnson.

Chris Johnson becomes Kansas first commit of the 2023 recruiting class.
Chris Johnson becomes Kansas first commit of the 2023 recruiting class.  © Collage: Screenshot / Twitter / Luhchriis

Johnson, a 6-foot-5 combination guard out of Texas, chose the Jayhawks over offers from Alabama, Connecticut, Texas, UCLA, and others.

He's the No. 30 overall player in the 2023 class and the No. 8 combo-guard.

In his latest season, the four-star player averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game for Fort Bend Elkins High School as a junior.

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Following his high school season, Johnson continued to put on show-stopping performances all over the country.

During the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit this spring, he averaged 15.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists for the JL3 Elite team.

The 18-year-old also stood out for the Houston Defenders on the Under Armour Association circuit this summer, leading his team to the circuit's championship title.

Next season, Johnson will hope to reach the same levels as he takes his talents to Montverde Academy in Florida for his senior year.

As People pointed out, the commitment is also important as the first one since coach Bill Self and assistant coach Kurtis Townsend were voluntarily been held back from recruiting, part of the fallout from an FBI investigation into bribery and corruption in college basketball recruiting.

Cover photo: Collage: Screenshot / Twitter / Luhchriis

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