East Lansing Prospect Brandon Johns Announces Decision To Play For University Of Michigan Basketball

Jun 29, 2017

Brandon Johns dunking in a game against Holt.
Credit Isaac Constans

Brandon Johns announced today via Twitter his intent to play basketball at the University of Michigan.

Johns is a 6-foot-8 power forward from East Lansing. The four-star prospect is ranked No. 40 and No. 54 overall by ESPN and 247Sports in the 2018 class, respectively.

He is widely considered to have the most potential of any 2018 recruit out of Michigan.

Johns' tweet consists of four images that include screenshots of a note announcing his decision. In the note, Johns said, "It's been a long ride but I'm beyond grateful to have gone through this with everyone that's been apart of it."

After expressing his thanks, Johns continued, "This was definitely the hardest decision that I've ever had to make but without further ado I'd like to announce that I'm continuing my academic and basketball career at... The University of Michigan."

At U-M, Johns will be filling the shoes of DJ Wilson, who left for this year’s NBA draft—being selected with the No. 17 pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Under the tutelage of East Lansing High School head coach Steve Finamore, Johns has developed into a strong, physical player that is skilled on both ends of the ball. He was named the Boys' Basketball Player of the Year at the Lansing State Journal Sports Awards.

Johns told 247Sports that despite pressure to choose a local university, his decision was based on where he felt was the best fit to play. 

He also received offers from Michigan State, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Texas and California amongst others, according to 247Sports.

At Michigan, Johns joins David DeJulius out of Detroit as the Wolverines' recruiting class of 2018. He has one more season to play at East Lansing High School.