General Enlists 2005 Troops

On the first day of the signing period for seniors, Bob Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders bucked the trend of the day and added a pair of juniors. Morton (TX) High brothers Kendrick Johnson and Calvin Johnson picked Texas Tech a year early.

A pair of brothers in the Class of 2005 are headed to Texas Tech. Kendrick and Calvin Johnson became the second and third members of Bob Knight's Texas Tech 2005 recruiting class. They join 6-6 small forward Justin Wilkerson who committed to Knight as a freshman.

The Morton High products drew rave reviews from their high school coach.

Kendrick is 6-9 and 225 pounds. He's the more "known commodity" of the two brothers, having done a stint on the AAU circuit last summer.

Last season, Kendrick put up 19 points and 14 rebounds but his coach saw room for improvement and he's made strides with his game. "He's a little bit tougher," Caraway said. "Last year, he would admit that he was kind of soft. He didn't understand. This year he's gotten a lot better."

Calvin Johnson is the 6-5 leaper and two-sport standout. Lacking the national rep his brother has, Johnson will be a national name soon enough. Last season, he posted averages of 24 points and 8 assists. He's ranked No. 4 in his class in the classroom.

"He's a great ballhandler," Caraway said. "He's got great range and plays above the rim. He's a defensive stopper, that's what Coach Knight loved about him."

Calvin is also the QB on the football team where he's a one of those run-throw threat guys.

Though they are in the same academic class, Kendrick is one year ahead of Calvin. Kendrick was held back early in his academic career. "They were going to stay together. Kendrick should be a senior this year. If this was his senior year he would probably go some place and Calvin would go to the same school."

Texas Tech is going to sign a pair of 2004 kids this week. Guard Martin Zeno and forward Philip Harbaugh are expected to send in their letters.


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