ESPN No. 53 high school junior Markell Johnson is reclassifying, skipping his senior year and going straight to college.
The 6-1 guard averaged a whopping 31.6 points with 7.4 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 1.1 blocks this season for East Tech High School (Cleveland, OH), leading the school to a 21-4 record and their third straight Senate League championship.
Johnson, who will graduate this month, will sign with a college this summer and be ready to play this fall.
At the recent Nike EYBL in Indianapolis, before he made his final decision to skip his senior year, Johnson described what he is looking for in a university.
“If I reclassify to 2016,” Johnson said at the event, “I want to come into a program where I know I’m gonna play right away, with point-guard type coaches so they can develop me to be a pro someday.”
He previously had announced that his top five schools where Louisville, Ohio State, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, and Cleveland State.
But now Johnson is widening his list.
Other potential colleges now include Washington, Missouri, and Xavier.
On the Nike EYBL circuit, Johnson averaged 16.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists game for team King James through the first two sessions this season.
2017 Ohio State commit Kaleb Wesson said he loves Johnson’s game.
“Markell is a special player,” Wesson told elevenwarriors.com. “He can do everything. He can shoot, dribble, rebound. He’s a great player.
“I’m [recruiting] Markell heavy,” added Wesson.
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