'Cats offer Louisiana hoops standout

Texas State has put themselves in the mix with a hefty number of programs that are looking for star talent, and star talent is exactly what this prospect is.

Shooting guard/small forward Johnathan Stove was one of only 11 players to be named to the Louisiana High School Basketball Coaches Association all-state team for all classifications and he holds in his hand a Bobcat offer.

While Stove went to the one of the smallest high school's in the state, 1-A Christian Life Academy in Baton Rouge, LA, Stove is far from going unnoticed. He has 10 offers: Texas State, Sam Houston State, UT-Chattanooga and Louisiana's Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, New Orleans, Xavier (N. Orleans) and Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Stove also has interest from Northern Arizona, Long Island University, Southern Mississippi, UAB, Northwestern State and Louisiana-Monroe. Northern Arizona and Long Island could be the next to offer out of that group.

So how is stove managing all of the attention being brought his way? By staying focused.

"Everyday after school, I go lift weights and then get into the gym," Stove said. "Coach Kaspar and I have developed a great relationship."

Stove is 6'4, 205lbs and averaged 19.8 points per game his junior year. He played on the only Nike Elite Youth Basketball team in Louisiana, which is only one of 10 Nike EYBL teams west of the Mississippi.

"I like to play defense and rebound," Stove said. "I'd rather be more balanced where we can get up and down and play half court, but I do love up-tempo."

Stove is 75% sure that he will be making his decision later rather than sooner - most likely in April. One thing's for sure, Texas State will likely have to throw everything at Stove to keep the Bobcats in the mix as he matures into his senior season.

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