Twenty years after his father began a standout basketball career at UCLA, Crenshaw High forward Kris Johnson has made an oral commitment to attend UCLA in the fall of 1994. He is expected to sign a national letter of intent during the Nov. 10-17 signing period.
Johnson, 6 feet 5, helped lead Crenshaw to the State championship last spring and was selected L.A. City Section 4-A player of the year. He is the son of Marques Johnson, who won the 1977 Wooden Award as the college basketball player of the year and went on to play for Milwaukee and the Clippers in the NBA. Johnson served as a commentator on radio broadcasts for UCLA basketball last season.
Kris Johnson averaged 22.6 points and 14 rebounds last season.
Johnson becomes the third top California high school player to give an early oral commitment to UCLA, joining 6-5 Toby Bailey of Loyola and 6-9 J.R. Henderson of Bakersfield.