Northeastern State head men's basketball coach Mark Downey announced Monday the signing of Brendan 'BJ' Johnson, a 6-foot-3 wing, to a National Letter of Intent and will play for the RiverHawks this upcoming winter.

Johnson, a native of El Dorado, Arkansas, averaged 17.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists during his senior season at El Dorado High School where he was a three-year starter for the Wildcats. He is also a two-time all-state selection and a member of El Dorado's 6A state runner-up squad.

"BJ is another student-athlete that loves to be in the gym," said Downey. "He loves being challenged and works hard on his game. Johnson comes from a great high school program where I know he has been well coached. He is long, has great athleticism, can really shoot the ball and always wants to guard the opponent's best perimeter player.

"One of my former assistant coaches at Arkansas Tech, Wes Corkins, coached BJ as an assistant when he was a sophomore, and they lost in the state championship game. He called and told me that BJ would flourish in our system. I saw this in the recruiting process, and I can't wait to help mold BJ into a successful college player at NSU."

Johnson is the third signee announced by Downey during the off-season, joining Payton Guiot (Paragould, Arkansas) and Brad Davis (Red Oak).

"Our Wildcat family are thrilled with BJ signing a National Letter is Intent to play basketball at Northeastern State University," said his high school coach, Gary Simmons. " BJ is a three-time 6A All-Conference selection and a two-time All-State selection for the Wildcats.

"BJ is one of the finest young men I have ever coached. He is old school in his character and respect he has for others and the game and is a very hard worker. I followed Coach Downey a few years ago when he was at Arkansas Tech, his style and the way he cares for his kids will make BJ a better player and a better person."