Leavenworth star commits to KU women’s basketball

Thursday, July 3, 2014

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.