Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic center Myles Johnson hopes to visit WKU soon

Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic center Myles Johnson recently received a Western Kentucky scholarship offer

Western Kentucky head coach Rick Stansbury continues to search for talent to complete his 2017 recruiting class and Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic big man Myles Johnson is one that he's focused in on.

The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center/forward, a Scout.com three-star prospect, has been spoken with the Hilltoppers head coach multiple times in recent weeks and has been impressed by the developing relationship.

"I've talked to him twice already and he seems like a coach that knows what he's doing and has experience with bigs and he has a winning attitude," Johnson told WKU Insider.  "He wants to push me to be my best and I like that."

Johnson, who was extended a scholarship offer directly from Stansbury, anticipates visiting The Hill soon, but the schedule needed to work around the Saturday's race at Churchill Downs and his upcoming prom.

"Yeah we've been talking back and forth on determining a date," he said.  "My prom is next weekend and he was talking about the Kentucky derby so scheduling the right time is a bit tricky right now."

In addition to his offer from WKU, Johnson has also holds offers from Cal State Northridge, Cal State Santa Barbara, Fordham, Lehigh, and others.  Hawaii, his most recent offer, is hosting him on a visit this weekend.

Through his discussions with Stansbury, Johnson already received a good understanding of what Stansbury is building, so he'll be searching for more information about the school's academic offerings in his area of study.

"I will need to know more about the engineering program and what it has to offer," he said.  "On the basketball side of things, coach pretty much filled me in on what I'll be used for."

The possibility of joining Western Kentucky's highly-rated recruiting class also intrigues Johnson.

"It'll definitely be interesting to say the least."

With interest continuing to climb, Johnson wants to complete his available visits before claiming any favorites.

"I'm taking my last visits right now and then evaluate them all and sign by the end of this signing period."

Despite missing his junior season with a knee injury, Johnson was a McDonald's All-American nominee and was selected to the Long Beach Press-Telegram’s first-team Dream Team.


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