BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Matt Bowen today announced that Andover High School's Jimmy Johnson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Beavers beginning in the fall of 2007.
"Jimmy is going to be a plus for our program," stated Bowen of his newest signee. "He brings size, strength and a post presence that we desperately need."
"He comes from a team that has experienced success in the Minnesota State Tournament and from one of the better AAU programs in the state." Bowen added, "There is no doubt we are excited to have him at Bemidji State."
Johnson comes to BSU after playing three seasons at Andover High School while starting each of the last two in the paint for the Huskies. During his senior season, Johnson scored nearly 12 points hauled in over seven rebounds and recorded almost two blocks per game. For his efforts he was rewarded by being selected All-Northwest Suburban and earning a spot on the All-State Honorable Mention list. Each accolade marked the second consecutive season he was honored in such a way.
A vital cog to the success of AHS over the past few seasons, Johnson knows what it takes to be a winner and what it feels like to play in big time situations. Johnson and his Huskies made three Minnesota State Tournament appearances earning a fourth place finish in 2005.
Johnson joins Cass Lake-Bena High School standout Brady Fairbanks and Patrick Cassidy, who recently completed his high school playing career at St. Bernard's, in Bowen's first full recruiting class at BSU. Fairbanks singed an NLI April 11th while Cassidy made his intentions to attend Bemidji State formal yesterday.
Johnson, Cassidy and Fairbanks are no strangers to each other. The trio has played together or against each other in AAU circles over the years. Most recently Johnson and Cassidy were teammates on a Minnesota Magic Gold team that took fourth place in the national tournament during the summer of 2006.
"When you bring in three kids like Brady, Patrick and Jimmy that all were a part of teams that made it to the Minnesota State Tournament, you are bringing in guys that know how to win. Hopefully they will bring that attitude in to help us," commented Bowen.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Beavers are coming off a season in which they were 5-23 overall and posted 5-13 record in NSIC play. Entering his second season at BSU, Bowen looks to return 10 players from his 2006-07 roster.