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Darrell Johnson the first signee of the Bruce Weber era at Kansas State

Bruce Weber

FILE - In this March 4, 2012 file photo, Illinois coach Bruce Weber disputes a call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin, in Madison, Wis. A person familiar with the decision says Weber has been fired after nine seasons. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday, March 9, 2012, on condition of anonymity because the move hasn’t been announced. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)


Bruce Weber landed his first signee at Kansas State on Friday as the school announced that 6-8 power forward Darrell Johnson sent in his Letter of Intent.

A native of St. Louis, Johnson was a second team all-state selection at Parkway North High School and helped lead his team to its first-ever Class 5, District 5 title.

“I’m excited to get a recruit of Darrell’s quality this late in the signing period,” said Weber in the school release. “He is a player that we have watched for some time and we feel will be a great fit for our team at the power forward spot.

“He has tremendous physical gifts, including the ability to defend the rim and be a really good shot blocker. We like his toughness and workmanlike attitude from having played both football and basketball.

“He also hails from a strong high school basketball area in St. Louis, which we hope will become a strong base for our recruiting efforts.”

Johnson joins a front court that will be led by Thomas Gipson and Jordan Henriquez.

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