The Cougars added another higher-end athlete to their stable with the commitment of 6’0″ guard Johneil Johnson, a native of Lake Echo, Nova Scotia and another in the numerous stars/CIS/NCAA players out of famed Auburn Drive High School in Cole Harbour. Johnson initially came into prominence at the 2014 Canadian championships with what turned into a YouTube craze dunk highlight, culminating in a flattering article in the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. Johnson spent last season at the Combine Academy in Charlotte, North Carolina and one scouting service who observed the high-flyer commented that J.J. “stood out because of lock-down on-ball defense and athleticism”. Coach Steve Burrows should be able to be creative and more up-tempo with his “d” adding Johnson to his stable of guards/wings that includes 6’1″ Aaron McGowan, 6’4″ Brandon Tull and 6’5″ Brian Ofori among others. Interestingly, Johnson may also have a career in Hollywood. He has combined his game with acting after landing a role on the sitcom Mr. D, appearing as basketball star Terrence during several Season 4 episodes of the show. The fourth member of the team’s 2016-17 recruiting class, Johnson plans to major in sport & recreation management. Recall the Cougars had CIS Final 8 participants Thompson Rivers Wolfpack on the ropes in the Canada West quarter-finals after winning the first game in Kamloops before the Pack stormed back to win the next two. Regina is scheduled to lose only 6’3″ Jonathan Tull and 6’8″ Will Talman from last year’s squad.
2016 University of Regina Men’s Basketball Recruiting Class
G Ben Hillis • 6-2 • 1st • Regina, Sask. (Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS)
G Johneil Johnson • 6-0 • 1st • Lake Echo, N.S. (Auburn Drive HS / Combine Academy)
G Brayden Kuski • 6-2 • 1st • Regina, Sask. (Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS)
F Carter Millar • 6-4 • 1st • Regina, Sask. (Dr. Martin LeBoldus HS)