NJ Point Guard Phenom Commits to ‘Nova

Plainfield (N.J.) High School’s Tyrone Johnson, confirmed yesterday that he has given an oral commitment to become a Villanova Wildcat in the fall. Johnson , the 11th ranked point guard in the class of 2011 (Rivals.com) 57th ranked player in the ESPNU 100 c/o 2011, is a welcome addition to Jay Wright’s backcourt. Johnson was selected First Team All-State and The Star-Ledger’s Union County Player of the Year as a junior last winter.

The 6-3 Johnson averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.2 steals last season for Plainfield, which went 26-4 and made the New Jersey Group IV state title game. Johnson narrowed his lists of finalists to Big East Schools Rutgers, Georgetown and Villanova before committing this week. Johnson’s next announcement will be whether he plans to return to Plainfield HS for his fall campiagn… or defect to Montrose Christian Academy in Rockville, Md. for his senior year.
Johnson was quoted, “I like their style of play. They have a good coach in Jay Wright. I like the players and the environment. The fans are cool. I thought it was a great fit for me.

Johnson continued, “It’s the spot that fits me well. I can learn some things and hopefully it can get me to the next level. My thing is just to go in and be hungry and humble and work hard and the sky’s the limit.”
Johnson’s verbal commitment is the second for the c/o 2011, following that of 6-3 shooting guard Achraf Yacoubou from Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran.

Feel free to check out video of the ‘jersey bol’ wettin it up on various high schoolers this past year. #WAP