Johnson Heading West!

The Hargrave men's basketball team placed its 12th player in Division I basketball this season. On Wednesday, power forward Jerome Johnson made his choice.

Baltimore native Jerome Johnson is packing up his bags and heading West. The 6-foot-8 power forward out of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., committed to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels Wednesday morning.

After visiting Penn State in the fall and receiving interest from George Washington, Providence and East Carolina, Johnson opted to make Vegas his final destination.

The Rebels hope that Johnson's development, which was evident this past season, can continue. According to Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts, the improvements were noticeable.

"Coming in the door he was a little mechanical but he's loosened up a little and he's expanded his game," Keatts said. "He was an around the basket guy and now he scores in several ways: he runs the floor well and finishes in transition. He can score from at least 15 feet and out."

Johnson accounted for 12 points and 7 boards a game for Hargrave as a 5th year prep. UNLV liked what it saw, moved on him and locked him down after an outstanding official trip.

"I think they did a good job recruiting him," Keatts said. "Lew Hill did a great job of recruiting him. The kid felt comfortable. One of the biggest things was that he was IMG last year and he liked the weather; you can't get any hotter than Vegas!"

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