AUGUSTA, Ga. – Augusta University head men's basketball coach Dip Metress signed Jack Johnson (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) in the National Letter of Intent (NLI) early signing period to compete with the Jaguars in 2018-19.
Name: Jack Johnson
Hometown / Previous School: Ponte Vedra, Fla. / Ponte Vedra High School
"We think Jack has a chance to really develop into a player," Metress said. "He runs like a deer, has a great wingspan, and is very bouncy. With added strength and weight, he will be able to compete at our level and he possesses a burning desire to be good."
The 6-8 center from Ponte Vedra, Fla., has competed for the Ponte Vedra High School varsity basketball team the last two seasons and enters his senior year in 2017-18. Johnson averaged 5.1 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 2.8 blocks per game as junior in 2016-17.
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About Augusta Men's Basketball
The Augusta University men's basketball team is led by head coach Dip Metress. On May 10, 2004, Metress was introduced as the fifth head coach in program history. He previously led the Belmont Abbey Crusaders (1996-04) and was an assistant for the Jaguars under Clint Bryant (1989-95). He has never had a losing season in his 14 seasons at the helm of the Jaguars. A two-time Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year, Metress and the Jags hosted five straight NCAA Regional Tournaments from 2007-11 and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight three seasons in a row. He was named the South Atlantic Coach of the Year in 2007, the Southeast Region Coach of the Year in 2009, and the NABC Southeast District Coach of the Year in 2011.
Augusta men's hoops has retired four numbers in its 52-year history: Ben Madgen (1), Keshun Sherrill (10), Tyrekus 'AJ' Bowman (23), and Keenan Mann (32). The Jaguars have reached the NCAA tournament 11 times and won their region three times.
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