April 18, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer has announced the signing of Tyson Johnson, to a national letter of intent to play for the Cowboys beginning in the 2007-08 season.
Johnson is a 6'6", 230-pound forward from Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas. He averaged 20.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this past season at Blinn. He earned Second Team All-Region XIV honors as a sophomore in the 2006-07 season, while ranking No.2 in Region XIV in scoring and No. 3 in rebounding. Johnson shot 59.5 percent from the field (135 of 227) to rank No. 6 in the region statistics, and he converted 82.2 percent of his free throws (83 of 101) to rank No. 2 in that category in Region XIV. An outstanding scorer both inside and from the perimeter, Johnson was successful on 46.2 percent of his three-point attempts, making 24 of 52 threes. The New York native was also named Region XIV Player of the Week once last season, averaging 25.0 points and 18.5 rebounds for the week he was honored. Johnson's head coach at Blinn was Steve Spurlin.
As a high school student, he played at St. Mary's High School in Manhasset, N.Y., earning All-Long Island honors three consecutive seasons. He played for head coach Timothy Cluess at St. Mary's High.
"I believe Tyson (Johnson) will have an immediate impact on our team," said Schroyer. "He will fill an important role for us in that he is a very physical, tough player who can score in a variety of ways.
"Tyson comes from a great family. He played in an outstanding junior-college league, and will bring a maturity and a toughness to our team. I'm really excited that Tyson has decided to become part of our program."
Johnson is originally from Long Island, N.Y. He is the son of Carrie and Sylvester Johnson. Other schools that recruited him were: Boise State, Hawaii, Nebraska and St. Louis.