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WVU Basketball lands commitment from standout Ohio guard Kobe Johnson

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West Virginia University gained another potentially valuable prize on the basketball recruiting trail Thursday.

Kobe Johnson, a 6-foot-3 guard for Canton (Ohio) McKinley High, announced on Twitter that he has verbally committed to play college basketball for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers.

Johnson emerged as star for Canton McKinley last season, scoring 18.8 points per game to go along with 4.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists while also shooting 49 percent on field goal attempts. That output helped lead the Bulldogs to their first district title since 2016 and earned Johnson a spot as the only junior on the All-Ohio first team as well as being named the Northeast Inland Player of the Year by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association.

Johnson’s commitment is the second for WVU in the Class of 2021. He joins fellow Ohio guard Seth Wilson as seniors-to-be pledged to Huggins and WVU.

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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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