Over the weekend, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights received some very good news with a commitment from Myles Johnson — a three-star recruit from California. Johnson made his announcement on Mother’s Day via Twitter, complete with a photo of himself donning a black and red Rutgers’ uniform.
The news comes as a welcomed surprise for Rutgers and their fanbase, as Johnson will plug the hole left by C.J Gettys' departure. He chose the Scarlet Knights over many other schools, including Yale, Fordham, Western Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and Hawaii.
According to Adam Zagoria, Johnson was seriously considering Hawaii, Georgia Tech, and Rutgers before ultimately deciding to come to New Jersey.
A three-star prospect, Johnson stands 6-foot-9 and is considered a traditional low-post player. He fell off the recruiting radar a bit in his junior season — thanks to a broken kneecap — but turned in a solid senior season once healthy. In one of his final high school games, he nearly notched a triple-double against a now-famous Chino Hills team, posting eight points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks. The Chino Hills squad was nationally ranked at the time and featured LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball — brothers of Lonzo Ball and sons of LaVar Ball.
In addition to being a solid post player, Johnson is also an all-around good kid. According to On The Banks, he had a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career and plans to major in the engineering field at Rutgers.
Rutgers now has four incoming recruits, three of which who will be able to play right away: Johnson, Geo Baker, and junior college transfer Souf Mensah. The fourth, Peter Kiss, is likely their biggest recruit but will have to sit out a year after transferring from fellow tri-state program Quinnipiac.
In other Rutgers’ news, Jonathan Laurent — a departing Scarlet Knight — has chosen to continue his career at UMass.