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Posted On: 12/19/17 12:51 PM
OTTAWA, Kan. — A versatile forward, Ottawa 6’5 2020 Kobe Johnson is putting together a strong sophomore season for the Cyclones after a strong summer.
A stretch 4 type, Johnson can handle the ball, pass or play in the post. He has an improving mid-range shot. He is averaging a team-high 14 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
Despite losing several key seniors to graduation, Ottawa has opened the 2017-18 season 3-1. The Cyclones have wins over Piper, Tonganoxie and Desoto and suffered its only loss at the buzzer at Topeka West.
Johnson spent the summer competing for KC Run GMC 15U as part of a talented team that featured several sophomores who are off to big seasons themselves. Johnson says he is still working on elements of his game this season.
“My summer went well I learned a lot and grew a lot as a player mentally and had to learn to play faster on the circuit,” Johnson said. “I’m working on my 3-point jump shot and my dribbling ability and just to become an over all better defensive player.”
A fan of LeBron James, Johnson says the biggest influence on his basketball career to date has been his dad who has helped push him to new heights as a player.
“He always takes me to the gym and pushes me and he has taught me the game ever since I was little,” Johnson said.