2017 forward Chase Johnson commits to Florida basketball

By Adam Silverstein
October 3, 2016
2017 forward Chase Johnson commits to Florida basketball

Looking to add size to the Class of 2017, Florida Gators basketball on Monday accepted a commitment from forward Chase Johnson (Huntington, WV).

Rated as the 161st overall player in the class by 247Sports, Johnson was originally a four-star prospect who was recently downgraded to three stars. At 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds, he is the largest member of Florida’s three-man recruiting class, which includes four-star guard Shai Alexander (Chattanooga, NT) and four-star F DeAundrae Ballard (Atlanta, GA).

“Excited to Say I’ve committed to the University of Florida,” Johnson wrote Monday on Twitter.

As a junior at Ripley High School — he has since transferred to Huntington Prep School — Johnson averaged 17.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He posted averages of 18.3 points and 8.5 boards per game during his sophomore season.

Johnson’s recruitment took a turn over the summer when he reversed course on plans to attend prep school and reclassify to be a part of the 2018 class. He held offers from Arizona, Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia — in addition to Florida — but obviously felt most at home with the Gators after visiting the program in mid-September.

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