Myles Johnson

Three-Star Center Myles Johnson Previews Rutgers Official Visit

Rutgers is eager to add a post presence after it lost two centers in the offseason. Has coach Steve Pikiell found his man? Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic three-star Myles Johnson previews his official visit.

The recruitment of 6-foot-10 Myles Johnson takes him through every American timezone in less than 48 hours. Following an official visit with his father to Hawaii, Johnson flies tonight to Rutgers University.

Rutgers came onto the scene after Johnson impressed in recent live periods. With the need for a big man, Johnson believes he could fill multiple needs for Rutgers.

“I pride myself on defense,” Johnson said. “I'm a good rim protector and a good rebounder. I'm a really good passer for my size. Offensively, I like playing out of the high post. I have a mid-range shot and my post offense with jump hooks and power moves is there. My size definitely does help with that.”

Academics come first for Johnson, whose first impressions of Rutgers are positive in the classroom.

“I know it's definitely a good academic school,” Johnson said. “The first thing I do when a school starts showing interest is look up their engineering ranking and how they stack up, They're better academically than the other schools recruiting me at the moment. That was intriguing. I'll have a lot of questions about it.”

Assistant coach Jay Young specializes in big men and aggressive defenders. He served as Johnson's primary recruiter.

“We talk about the history of the program and getting back to the days when they were big,” Johnson said. “You can't find better competition. It's top of the line. I watch a lot of Big Ten basketball. It's probably the second-best conference basketball wise.”

Johnson missed major time as a junior because of a broken bone in his knee. After his recruitment stalled because of the injury, Johnson bounced back during the latest live period.

“My recruitment fell down because I was hurt and it's harder to come back from injuries," he said. "My whole thing was to show people I'm still the same player i was before I got hurt. When I went out to the live period, I showed that I was even better than when I got hurt. I was back.”

Johnson does not have long to weigh his options between Rutgers and Hawaii – he also cited Georgia Tech interest – because he has big plans on Mother's Day.

“I want to sign with a school on Mother's Day,” Johnson said. “I want to show her that all of the times I've asked her to take me to practice, early in the morning and she didn't want to get up, it was all worth something. This is what I always wanted to do and I want to show her my dream is coming true with her support.”

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