Melvin Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound rising senior wing will come to the Newark school from Rice High School, as will his former Rice teammate Dashawn Smith, a 6-2 senior guard.
“He verbally committed,” Taylor said of Johnson. “They’re going through the admissions process but he will be admitted because of the Rice situation. All the boys from Rice will be considered, whether they play basketball or not. We’re going to help Rice out anyway we can.”
Rice High will likely close, forcing its students to transfer.
Johnson scored 29 points Sunday in the final of the HoopGroup Summer Showcase in which St. Benedict’s beat Teaneck, 82-73.