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OSU basketball: Cowboys first to offer Putnam North sophomore guard Jeremiah Johnson

It’s not often that an athlete’s first college offer is from a Division-I program. But Putnam North’s Jeremiah Johnson isn’t like most athletes. 

On Monday, Oklahoma State was the first to offer Johnson, the sophomore guard announced through a Twitter post.

“After a great conversation with Mike Boyton,” Johnson wrote. “I am blessed to have received my first scholarship offer from [OSU].” 


Johnson is a 6-foot-3, 160-pound guard, who has the ability to knock down 3-pointers with ease. He was a member of The Oklahoman’s Big All-City third-team after he averaged 15.7 points and 3.5 assists per game to help lead the Panthers to a 14-10 record in his freshman season.

“In my opinion, he had one of the best freshman seasons in [Class] 6A in a while,” Putnam North coach Ryan Wagner said. “For him to catch fire like this at such a young age, I don’t know what his limits are.” 

Jeremiah is the son of Jeremy Johnson, who played professional basketball overseas and won two semi-pro championships in the ABL. Wagner, who is the son of a basketball father, had nothing but high praise for his assistant coach.

“The thing I love about coach Johnson is he’s a realist,” Wagner said. “He watches a lot of film and so he picked apart Jeremiah’s game and he went to work. He and Jeremiah have just been relentless about it.” 

While many around the state would say Johnson's biggest strength is his shooting, Wagner believes it’s actually his understanding of the game that makes him so dominant. 

“I’ve never seen a kid improve this much, this fast,” Wagner said. “And that’s directly related to his character and his work ethic. It’s off the charts. The great thing about it is that it permeates through our whole team. I was just really impressed that Coach Boyton picked up on that.”





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Putnam City North basketball player Jeremiah Johnson during The Oklahoman's winter high school sports media day at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.  [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Putnam City North basketball player Jeremiah Johnson during The Oklahoman's winter high school sports media day at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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