The Texas Longhorns have a new commit in the class of 2023 with former Kansas signee, four-star guard Chris Johnson. After decommiting from Kansas earlier this offseason, Johnson became the top remaining player in the class of 2023.
Johnson was released from his NLI at Kansas, reopened his recruitment, and is headed to Austin in the fall to team up with Rodney Terry and the Texas Longhorns.
Coming out of high school, Johnson was graded as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index, the 51st-ranked player in the nation, the 11th-ranked combo guard in the country, and the 3rd-ranked player in the state of Texas.
Director of scouting, Adam Finkelstein spoke on Johnson and his readiness for college hoops saying, “Johnson is a big guard with size and strength alike. He changes speeds, protects the ball at a high level going through the lane, and can score the ball in numerous ways inside the arc. He needs to keep progressing as a three-point threat with both inconsistent mechanics and a bit of a hardball. Defensively, he has tools that should eventually be able to translate at a high level, although he has yet to make that end of the floor a consistent priority. Overall, he is confident, and physical, and plays with an edge, that can be either a competitive advantage or a disadvantage depending on how it is impacting him.”
While requesting a release of commitment isn’t a common practice, Johnson was granted release from Kansas and will now join the Longhorns in Austin for the 2023-24 season. With a move to the SEC on the horizon for Rodney Terry and Texas, Johnson’s first taste of college basketball will come in the Big 12, followed by a dose of SEC basketball in the event that he returns for his sophomore year.