Texas signee Tre Johnson to compete in the McDonald's All-American Game on Tuesday night

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2024 Link Academy SG and Five-Star Plus+ prospect Tre Johnson will take the court one last time before enrolling at Texas during the 2024 McDonald’s All-American Game. The contest will take place tonight at the Toyota Center in Houston at 8 p.m.

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Johnson is the 23rd player in UT history to play in the contest. The Longhorns also had two signees in CJ Miles and Ron Holland play in the game but turn professional out of high school rather than enroll at Texas.

Johnson, who led Lake Highlands to the 2023 UIL 6A state championship, transferred to Link Academy in Branson, Mo. for his senior season. He earned Missouri Player of the Year honors from MaxPreps and led Link Academy to a 25-6 record.

He averaged 15.5 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 40 percent from three and 91 percent from the line.

Johnson drew praise from On3’s Jamie Shaw throughout the week, including following Monday’s practice.

Tre Johnson has built his reputation as a scorer, a true bucket-getter who can create for himself or play off others,” Shaw wrote Monday. “Today, Johnson made shots. He has deep range on the shot. The release was smooth and the balance was consistent. Speaking of his balance, that is one of the things that make him such an intriguing scorer, along with his footwork. He is able to get to his spots, create space, and get clean looks consistently in the half-court. He will need to continue adding weight, which will help with his base and balance off movement. Today was better for him than yesterday as he looked like the best shooter in the gym.”

Johnson is ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect, the No. 2 shooting guard, and the No. 1 player in Missouri in the 2024 On3 Industry Ranking, a proprietary algorithm that compiles ratings and rankings from all four primary recruiting media services.

Johnson, Cam Scott, and Nic Codie make up Texas’ eighth-ranked 2024 signing class.

On3 Personal File

Success runs in Tre Johnson’s family. His father, Richard Johnson Jr., started his basketball career at Baylor before transferring to Midwestern State. During his college career, he scored more than 1,100 points and shot more than 38.8% from 3-point range. Johnson is viewed by On3 basketball analysts as a “unique scorer,” and he’s been widely viewed as one of the nation’s top prospects in the country for years. “From day one, we planned to be here, but we didn’t know how it was going to happen or when it was going to happen,” Richard Johnson told CBSDFW.com. “So, us being here, it’s kind of exciting, but we kind of handled it like it’s what we expected.”

During his sophomore season at Dallas Lake Highlands High School, Johnson averaged 23.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists for a 32-5 team. That success carried over to his junior year. During four games at the prestigious City of Palms Tournament in December 2022, Johnson averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He also led Lake Highlands to the championship of the Allen Holiday Invitational, finishing with 32 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in the title game. His high school coach calls Johnson a “human highlight reel.” “When the lights come on, it’s a big game and it’s a big moment, he is always ready and he’s always delivered,” Lake Highlands coach Joe Duffield said. “He has been doing that since he was young.”

Johnson idolizes Lebron James and Kevin Durant. He even got to work out with Durant and talks with him often. “Joining him in the NBA is my long-term goal,” Johnson said.

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List of McDonald’s All-Americans who played at Texas

YearPlayer
1995Kris Clack
2000Brian Boddicker
2001T.J. Ford
2002Brad Buckman
2004LaMarcus Aldridge
2004Daniel Gibson
2004Mike Williams
2006D.J. Augustin
2006Kevin Durant
2007Jai Lucas (transfer from Florida in December 2008)
2009Avery Bradley
2010Cory Joseph
2010Tristan Thompson
2011Myck Kabongo
2012Cameron Ridley
2014Myles Turner
2016Jarrett Allen
2016Andrew Jones
2017Mohamed Bamba
2020Greg Brown
2022Dillon Mitchell
2022Arterio Morris
2024Tre Johnson

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