Photo: Ben Queen Photography

Posted On: 02/19/21 11:43 AM

By Dave Morrison

Here are some of the top players to watch in north-central West Virginia heading into the 2021 season.

Jaelin JohnsonJaelinJohnson6'5" | SFFairmont Senior | 2021StateWV, Fairmont Senior, 6-5, Sr.

There is little downside with this senior.

He was a major contributor to the state runner-up team in 2019, a team that featured state player of the year Jalen Bridges, Zyan Dobbs and Dasalis Jones.

Last season Johnson was the lone returning starter (Fairmont went 12-12) but he helped the Polar Bears advance to the Class AA Region 1 co-final when the season was abruptly halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

A prolific scorer from his shooting guard position, Johnson averaged 19.5 points per game, shooting 55.8 percent from the field (177-317), He also averaged 6.9 rebounds with 46 assists and 41 steals.

Perhaps his greatest ability was availability. Johnson averaged playing over 30 minutes a game and only missed 41 minutes of action all season.

Johnson, who plays AAU basketball with Easy Street Family, has received several offers including homestanding Fairmont University, Concord and

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