Wilmer Johnson Commits to Arkansas State

He has not been to Arkansas yet, but a favorable first impression was enough for Wilmer “T.J.” Johnson, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Wallace (Ala.) State College.

The Delaware native committed to the Red Wolves, their first for the 2016 class, Tuesday night.

“I was playing in a tournament in L.A. (Los Angeles) and had been taking with Colorado State a lot,’’ said Johnson. “That is when the Arkansas State coaches saw me and they were the first to offer.

“It took them one time to see me and they knew what type of player I was and liked what they saw. Coach (Carlos) Wilson offered me before I got on the plane to fly home. I talked with my family and that meant a lot to us so I felt like it was the right thing to go ahead and commit.”

Johnson said he received high interest from Colorado State, Coppin State, UNCB, Norfolk State, St. Peters, Towson and others.

He played last season at Baltimore City College where he started 13 of the final 15 games and averaged 6 points and 3 assists per contest.

“It took me a while to move into the starting lineup,’’ he said. “The starter had signed with a Division 1 school and he was getting most of the playing time early before I was able to win the job.”

He is transferring to Wallace State “because the offense fits me better. I’m more of an open court player and at Baltimore we had a half-court offense.

“I saw a lot of film on Arkansas State and I like the way they play. They will run if they get the chance then set up half court if it is not there.”

Calling himself a true point guard, Johnson was a 3-sport start at William Penn High School in New Castle, Del. A football injury his senior season allowed him to reclassify and attend prep school in Massachusetts. At Winchedon School he averaged 18 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and 1.3 steals on a 23-5 team.

At Penn he played quarterback on the football team and also ran track where he won state triple jump championship his junior year.

“I’ve never been to Arkansas but will visit soon,’’ he said. “They tell me it is a lot like Alabama.”