UH makes run at Myles Johnson

by Brian McInnis on May 5, 2017

Could Long Beach Poly big man Myles Johnson be the Hawaii basketball team’s first pickup of the spring?

Johnson, at 6 feet 9 or 6 feet 10 and 245 pounds, could help fill the Rainbow Warriors’ need of significant size to counter some of the late-season bully ball they experienced in 2016-17. He’s been rated a three-star prospect by Verbalcommits.com and ESPN.

Long Beach Poly forward/center Myles Johnson is expected to be here this weekend. (Johnson Twitter photo).

Long Beach Poly forward/center Myles Johnson is expected to be here this weekend. (Johnson Twitter photo).

He is expected to take an official visit to the Manoa campus this weekend. Post defense and rebounding are considered his top skills. He is considered a top-shelf student as well.

He’s received several offers at the mid-major level, per Verbalcommits.com. Like some of the recent players UH has targeted, there’s some Big West competition for his services. UCSB and CSUN are among them.

Johnson is a former teammate of UH guard Drew Buggs, so the ‘Bows have that going for them.

He missed his junior season due to injury but with him back, the LBP Jackrabbits went 22-9 this season. I’ll keep you posted on some stats for him (which seem hard to find).

Here’s a few more highlights.

Here’s a Q&A with Johnson and teammate Zaffir Williams, in which Johnson talks about missing his entire junior season due to injury. He also mentions some of the offers he’s received, including a couple of Ivy League schools.

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It looks like Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) point guard Marcus Shaver Jr. is becoming a dwindling prospect for UH. Boise State and Portland State are the names popping up lately for him.

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Former Creighton wing Kobe Paras, a native of the Philippines, is on the market and apparently UH has offered him. He appeared in limited action in 15 games in 2016-17 for the potent Bluejays.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hoosier May 5, 2017 at 5:58 pm

Terrific place to play ball while getting a good education. UH strong both athletically and academically. Hope Myles joins Drew in paradise. He would be a welcome addition to the ohana! Go Bows

2 mctruck May 7, 2017 at 12:29 pm

Aieesoos!, nice to see some tidbits of bb news coming in. mahalos.

3 AllG May 8, 2017 at 1:28 pm

Brian,

Why does it seem like we are only recruiting players that other Big West teams are going for? Are we trying for any JC players? Cause we really need someone who can’t step in at PG from day 1. Any update on Myles Johnson?

4 tako May 9, 2017 at 8:37 am

Just my opinion but experience has shown it is difficult to find a JC player that will be effective day 1 of their first D1 season, unless they were a D1 player initally and transferred to JC after their freshman season. Regarding Johnson, thought I read he’ll make his decision this coming weekend after visiting a big time EAST coast school with a good engineering program. Kobe Parras is going to CSUN… Everyone is anxious, since we haven’t gotten anyone, especially BIGS.

5 AllG May 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm

AC Carter, Rodrick Bobbitt, Johnny White, Mark Campbell just to name a few JC PGs who did just fine.

6 Derek May 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

My patience is getting very thin. Very, very thin. With graduation this weekend and first summer school just around the corner, you would think the coaches would want incoming players to get a start by taking at least one or two classes and get acclimated very soon in the process. But, no players, nada so you have to wonder what’s going on. I agree you don’t want to take just any player to fill the roster and you want to get players who can play and perform division I basketball and contribute, but you have to wonder who’s doing the recruiting. There doesn’t seem to be the urgency. Who’s working?

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