UNLV has developed a valuable pipeline with nearby Findlay Prep in recent years, landing future NBA players like Anthony Bennett, Rashad Vaughn and Chris Wood.
Carlos Johnson, a 6-foot-5 wing forward, became the latest member of the Pilots, ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, to sign with the Runnin’ Rebels during a ceremony on Friday afternoon at Henderson International School.
“They’re getting a bull in a china shop,” Findlay Prep coach Andy Johnson said. “We always joke around that he’s a linebacker, that he should be playing football. He’s just so physical and tough.”
The well-chiseled 235-pounder averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while earning second team all-East Bay honors as a junior at El Cerrito High School in El Cerrito, Calif. Before that he attended Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix where he was attracting some attention from college football scouts before deciding to stick with basketball.
“I probably would have had my choice,” Johnson said when asked if would have also been recruited in football if he had stuck with it. “I’m such a physical player. They put me anywhere and I’m going to make magic happen.”
A strong rebounder and explosive dunker who has worked hard on developing his jump shot, Johnson said he also considered Cal, Bradley, San Diego State and Saint Mary’s before deciding on the Runnin’ Rebels.
Johnson’s Findlay Prep teammate, point guard Skylar Mays, also signed Friday with LSU.
Check out video highlights of Johnson below: