4-star PG Ty-Laur Johnson commits to Louisville

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Ty-Laur Johnson, a four-star point guard in the class of 2023, has committed to Louisville and head coach Kenny Payne.

The 6-foot, 160-pound senior out of the Bronx (N.Y.) Our Saviour Lutheran was originally committed to Memphis. Johnson committed to the Tigers on November 12th, but never signed his Letter of Intent. He also received offers from programs such as NC State, Ole Miss, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and others.

Johnson becomes the ninth player to pledge to the ‘Cards in the 2023 recruiting cycle. From the high school ranks, he joins four-star center Dennis Evans (No. 26), four-star forward Kaleb Glenn (No. 78), four-star wing Curtis Williams Jr. (No. 93), and four-star wing Trentyn Flowers (No. 25). Kenny Payne has also landed a trio of transfers out of the portal — Skyy Clark from Illinois, Tre White from USC, and Danilo Jovanoch from Miami. JUCO guard Koron Davis joins them.

Johnson is the No. 80 overall prospect and No. 15 point guard in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 2 player in New York.

Johnson Scouting Report

“Johnson is a true point guard who plays with a sense of flair,” On3’s Jamie Shaw writes. “He is a quick-on-quick guard with a tight handle, able to get to his spots in the half-court. Johnson is an alpha, confident player with the ball in his hands. However, the aforementioned flair can get him into some trouble. His 6.1 assists per game were one of the top outputs on the Nike circuit. However, he added 4.1 turnovers, which led to a 1 to 5 assist-to-turnover ratio. His 19.1 turnover percentage is something that will need to be monitored. 

“Johnson is a slippery with the ball in his hands. He has no problem getting anywhere he wants on the court, and he has an array of finishes in the paint. He is strong off of two feet, and he can finish from a number of angles around the basket. During EYBL play, Synergy says Johnson shot 48.6 percent from two. He has a strong pull-up game as well in the mid-range. 

“Johnson will need to improve his shooting from beyond the arc. He is a capable shooter but has a tendency to shoot off-balance or at the end of a shot clock. Johnson will have to get his balance down and develop an understanding of his footwork to get into his shot. He is a reliable free throw shooter, staying above 70 percent, shooting almost five attempts per game.”