High -25 high Chris Johnson He announced his commitment to Kansas on Tuesday night, days after taking an official visit to the Jayhawks campus.
Johnson chose the Bills’ program out of a list of offers, but the Jayhawks made him a priority in July and were able to confirm his commitment during a late July trip to Lawrence. Arkansas, UCLA, Alabama, Ole Miss and others all participated.
A 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Texas who will transfer to Monteverde Academy (Florida) for his senior season, Johnson is ranked 24th in the ESPN 100 for the Class of 2023. He is the No. 6 shooting guard in the country.
Johnson averaged 15.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in the spring with JL3 Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit, then excelled in the summer with the Houston Defenders on the Standing Armor Association circuit.
“Johnson is a perimeter prospect who plays very well with explosiveness,” said ESPN National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi. “He scores in a variety of ways around the arc. Once he gets to the rim or the rim, I’m impressed with his body balance and control. He shows both straight line and transition in his drive and finish game. Directional attacks. He has skill beyond the arc, but consistency and some shot selection. It needs adjustment.
“Known as a scorer, Johnson has the ability to make plays by probing through the defense as a point guard. He can see the cutter or an open teammate and shoot. There are competitive moments defensively — but he has to be. With more emphasis on that end to be the full version of himself.”
Johnson is Kansas’ first commitment since the Jayhawks acquired a top-five team in 2022, including five-star signees Grady Dyck and Ernst Ude. Other Kansas targets in the senior class include Taison Chatman, Mikey Williams took an official visit in June and Braelon Green included the Jayhawks in the final five list.