By Michael Stratford.
Known as a tireless worker, Coach Stan Johnson had a huge week this week. And we probably don’t know the half of it! But here’s what we do know about Coach Johnson and the new LMU Lions Men’s Basketball team:
LMU announced the hiring of Coach Johnson’s staff. He brought in an impressive array of experienced coaches who have coached 27 Postseason and 20 Conference Championship Teams. Included among them are two former head coaches with a tremendous amount of experience. They are:
David Carter – Assistant Coach
Allen Edwards – Assistant Coach
Greg Youncofski – Assistant Coach
Ricky Muench – Director of Operations
Over the last week, Coach Johnson received four commitments from high quality players who want to play for him and don a Lions uniform in the fall.
Mattias Markusson – a 7’3”, 261-pound center who played three years for the Lions and had entered the transfer portal after the dismissal of Coach Dunlap. Here were our top-14 reasons why he should stay.
Koyde Pugh – a 6’8”, 205-pound grad transfer from Stanford. A 4-star recruit out of high school, and a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection (2018-20). Here’s our look at Pugh.
Quentin Jackson Jr. – a 6’3” 180-pound grad transfer who last played at Temple. He’s a terrific drive-and-dish PG, who was a 3-star recruit out of high school with 30 offers. Here’s our look at him.
Mayoum Mayoum – a 6’4” incredibly athletic guard, who will join the Lions as a freshman. We took a look at him, which includes some videos that will get you really excited!
According to Verbal Commits, in the last week, Coach Johnson has made 9 offers to players in the 2021 through the 2023 class. We’ll cover them in depth later, but they are just some of the talented, rising juniors, sophomores and freshman that Coach Johnson and his staff are going after.
In the middle of all of this, Andy Hui caught up with Coach Johnson and conducted a terrific interview. It’s an insightful read.
We also debuted our new feature, the LMU Lions Roar Mailbag. This week LMU Athletic Director Craig Pintens took the time to answer a series of questions posed by our readers.
Whew! What a week for Coach Johnson and the Lions! Can’t wait for next week! Go Lions!