In mid-July, Ripley’s Ty Johnson is set to be on the basketball court in competitive action once again.
The Ripley High standout has been tabbed as a member of the Class AAA All-Star team for the upcoming Little General Scott Brown Memorial Classic in Beckley.
The Innovative Network Class AAA team will go against the Mid-State Automotive Class AA/A squad inside the historic Raleigh County Convention Center (aka the Beckley Armory).
Originally scheduled for April each year, the 2020 version is going to take place July 18 according to event director Bob Bolen.
The April 18th version was stopped due to COVID-19.
This will mark the 31st annual Classic, played in the memory of former Beckley Register-Herald sportswriter Scott Brown.
It brings together some of the top talent from around the state of West Virginia.
This past season as a senior Johnson was named Class AAA Third Team All-State for his outstanding efforts during his final go-round as a Viking.
He led the Vikings in scoring and rebounding by averaging 17.7 points and 10.5 boards per game.
Making his scoring numbers more impressive is the fact he was subject to double-teaming and sometimes triple-teaming from the opposition throughout the season.
Besides his excellence in the scoring and rebounding departments, Johnson handed out 2.8 assists per game, blocked 2.6 shots and came up with 1.7 steals.
Johnson shot 54 percent from 2-point range while burying 19 shots from behind the 3-point arc during the season. At the free throw line, he nailed 73 percent of his attempts.
Johnson was instrumental in Ripley producing a second straight winning season under head coach Luke Parsons, who was in year No. 2 with the Viking boys basketball program.
University’s Joe Schmidle will guide the Class AAA team Johnson will be suiting up for this summer.
Johnson’s teammates are expected to be Richard Law of Beckley Woodrow Wilson, Kaden Matheny and K.J. McClurg from University, Alex Vargo of Wheeling Park, Malaki Sylvia of Parkersburg South, C.J. Meredith of Spring Valley, Rodney Toler of St. Albans, Sam Potts of Parkersburg, Austin Dearing of Hurricane, Gus Eddy of George Washington and Karrington Hill of Capital.
Bluefield’s Buster Large will guide the all-star team made up of some of the state’s best at the Class AA and Class A levels.
His team is expected to feature Tommy Williams and Luke LeRose of Shady Spring, Elijah Edwards, Isaiah Hairston and Thad Jordan from Greater Beckley Christian, Braeden Crews of Bluefield, Chapmanville's Obinna Anochili-Killen, Andrew Shull and Phillip Mullins, Logan’s David Early, Bridgeport’s Nick Stalnaker and Jadyn Stewart of Braxton County.
The game is set to tipoff at 7 p.m. There will be a slam dunk and 3-point shootout prior to the showdown.
The Class AAA-Class AA/A matchup will not be the only head-to-head action during the day.
Teams for the upcoming 2020-21 season from Greater Beckley Christian and Wyoming East will meet at 1 p.m. followed by a clash between Independence and Westside at 3 p.m. The two games are part of the C. Adam Toney Showcase.
At 5 p.m., the Jan-Care Showcase game will pit the future teams of Shady Spring and Beckley Woodrow Wilson.
Bolen said the 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. games will have the respective coaches from those six schools leading the way since July 18 falls into the three-week practice period for West Virginia athletes (counties can choose July 6-25 or July 13-31).