Ripley’s Johnson earns Honorable Mention in All-State balloting

Mark Martin

There is no limit to Luke Johnson’s ceiling on the basketball court.

Last year, it was hard to believe he was a freshman.

This season, one had to remind themselves they were watching a sophomore.

With two seasons to go, the sky is the limit for the 6-9 Viking standout.

Johnson’s play throughout the season certainly caught the eyes of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

The talented Johnson earned Honorable Mention in the balloting for Class AAA All-State.

In a COVID-19 marred season of 2021, Johnson did a little bit of everything for the Vikings of head coach Luke Parsons.

For starters, he averaged 14.4 points per game.

Johnson hit 53 percent of his shots overall from the floor. While known for his size, Johnson showed he is capable of stepping outside and knocking down 3-pointers by drilling 10 during the campaign.

At the free throw line, he hit 67 percent of his attempts.

Johnson also collected 9 rebounds per game, blocked nearly two shots a contests, handed out 1.3 assists and came up with 12 steals.

The Class AAA First Team All-State captain is Robert C. Byrd’s Bryson Lucas, a senior. Lucas helped Byrd earn the No. 1 seed in the AAA State Tournament field.

He’s joined on the First Team by sophomore twin brothers Braden and Cole Chapman from state champion Shady Spring. Devin Hatfield, a junior from State Tournament team Herbert Hoover, is a member of the squad along with Jaelin Johnson of Fairmont Senior, the No. 2 seed at the State Tournament, Jaidyn West of Notre Dame and the duo of Ryan Reasbeck, a junior, and senior J.C. Maxwell of state runner-up Wheeling Central.

The Second Team consisted of captain Todd Duncan, a senior from Shady Spring, Point Pleasant senior Hunter Bush, Fairmont Senior’s Zycheus Dobbs, Logan’s Jarron Glick, a junior, Robert C. Byrd senior Gavin Kennedy, Hampshire senior Drew Keckley, who helped the Trojans become the first No. 8 seed ever to be a No. 1 seed (Robert C. Byrd) in any classification, Grafton junior Ryan Maier and Nitro junior Kolton Painter.