Thursday, July 3, 2014

Leavenworth star commits to KU women’s basketball


The Kansas University women’s basketball program picked up another commitment from an in-state standout in the Class of 2015 on Wednesday night.

Tyler Johnson, a 6-foot-2 forward from Leavenworth High and the daughter of former Oklahoma University standout David Johnson, joined Olathe South point guard Kylee Kopatich as Kansans who orally committed to KU coach Bonnie Henrickson’s latest recruiting class. Kopatich committed to KU back in April after originally picking Kansas State and changing her mind after the firing of then-KSU coach Deb Patterson.

Johnson, the No. 1-ranked player in the Sunflower State in the class of 2015 according to MaxPreps, helped lead the Pioneers to a Class 5A state championship last season. She earned first-team all-state honors and averaged 15.6 points per game.

Johnson helped Leavenworth finish the season with a 24-1 record and played a huge part in the Pioneers’ roll through the state tournament, where they won three games by an average margin of victory of 22 points.

Johnson’s father, who stood 6-7, 265, played at OU from 1983-87 and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1987 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks.


Waylon Cook 7 years, 3 months ago

Great pickup by Bonnie. Just the problem is its Bonnie.

Jay Beakum 7 years, 3 months ago

Isn’t it funny that even in sports you can’t discuss a woman’s weight? Her dad is 6’7” 265, and she is 6’2”.

I would love the rosters to start showing the weight for the women’s basketball teams. It IS a factor in the style of play they will have. Is Tyler Johnson a bruiser like her dad, or is she a finesse player? It adds so much to the discussion for a fan. With the men’s team it is a HUGE part of the discussion for any new recruit. Too bad we have to treat female athletes like frail and insecure princesses when in actuality they are almost always strong minded, tough individuals.

Nothing wrong with being a strong, tough woman who might weigh a little more than a supermodel. It’s sports not a beauty pageant.

Mini-rant over.

Jack Jones 7 years, 3 months ago

No ~ what's funny is that it is that big a deal to you.

John Randall 7 years, 3 months ago

Just one of the taboos your friends initiated in their version of the P-C world. When the pendulum swings back, we'll see that how much special treatment you get show how much more of a person it takes to do it themselves.

The truth of the matter is that the less you need from the do-gooders, the more you're worth yourself.

Daniel Waters 7 years, 3 months ago

I watched LV play several times this year Jay and I can tell you she's got a big frame but gets off the ground pretty well and is a bit of a bruiser on the boards. She has a really nice touch around the basket though. She's a nice pickup for KU ladies but Bonnie will continue her average ways of doing things and unfortunately they'll keep paying her millions of dollars for it.

Trevor Perry 7 years, 3 months ago

Great pickup. They also got a verbal from a guard out of Washington, Jayde Christopher. She's pretty good.

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