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May 22, 1997

Texas Tech Signs Hoops Standout James Johnson

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech University men's basketball head coach James Dickey announced that Fort Worth Dunbar's James Johnson signed a national letter of intent during the spring signing period.

"We are pleased to have James join our program," Dickey said. "It gives us a quality front line player who has the physical game. He will be an asset in the Big 12."

Johnson averaged more than 12 points and eight rebounds in 1996-97. The 6-8, 255-pound forward-center led Dunbar to a 33-4 record. The team, which was ranked second among 5A schools at the end of the regular season, lost to Duncanville in the Region 1-5A title game.

"James comes from an outstanding high school program with a legendary coach," Dickey said.

Johnson was the second player to ink with Texas Tech in the spring and the third overall during 1996-97. The Red Raiders also signed Randall guard Kevin Clayton in April and Fort Worth Southwest forward-center Johnny Phillips during the early signing period in November.

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