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Monday / May 27.
  • Louisville adds former Memphis commit Ty-Laur Johnson

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Louisville has landed a pledge from former Memphis commit Ty-Laur Johnson, per Tipton Edits.

    The 6-foot, 160-pound guard from Our Saviour (NY) Lutheran initially chose Memphis in November over Seton Hall and N.C. State. Andy Borman, who was the director of the NY Rens Nike EYBL program for whom Johnson played, is now an assistant at Memphis.

    But he decommitted in April.

    “I’m excited to complete our last roster spot with Ty-Laur Johnson, a very good player who has the grit and resolve to reach his potential,” Louisville coach Kenny Payne said. “He’s a very high-character young man who plays the game to win. Louisville fans will love his fight and determination. Welcome aboard, Ty.”

    Johnson competed last season with Our Saviour Lutheran in the Overtime Elite League, where he averaged 18.4 points, 5.7 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

    The Brooklyn, N.Y., native had six outings with at least 20 points and posted a season-high 31 points in January to go along with nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Johnson came close to achieving a triple-double several times, including a 29-point, 13-assist, seven-rebound performance in December.

    Johnson played his junior season at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., and was an honorable mention selection to MaxPreps’ 2021-22 Junior All-America Team. He averaged 26 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals while shooting 38% from 3-point range as his squad finished 25-1 and ranked sixth in the final National Top 20.

    Johnson has also been a standout on the AAU circuit with the New York Renaissance. He averaged 16.7 points, 6.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds overall and was chosen as MVP of the EYBL’s Louisville session after averaging 20.8 points, 6.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals.

    “Ty-Laur is a throwback New York City guard,” said Rens director Oz Cross. “He’s lightning quick with a tight handle and has NBA range on his jumper. He finishes well around the rim and is an elite passer. He’s a leader and winner. He has a great family support system . We at the Rens are extremely proud of him.”

    Louisville is also bringing in transfers Skyy Clark (Illinois), Tre White (USC), Danilo Jovanoch (Miami) and junior college guard Koron Davis.

    In their high school class, they are adding Johnson, four-star center Dennis Evans, four-star forward Kaleb Glenn, four-star wing Curtis Williams Jr. and four-star wing Trentyn Flowers.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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