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Archive for Thursday, April 12, 1990

JOHANNING EXPECTED TO PICK KU

April 12, 1990

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It's been only a week or so since center Pekka Markkanen announced he wouldn't return for his final basketball season at Kansas University.

However, it appears coach Roy Williams has already found a replacement in David Johanning, a 6-10 center from Hutchinson Community College.

Johanning announced Tuesday that he had narrowed his college choices to KU and Wichita State after earlier considering Kansas State. Then Johanning picked the Jayhawks, according to his father.

"KU is his type of program," David Johanning said on Wednesday night. "You look at coach Williams and there's not too many of them like him in the country. As a coach and person, there are few like him."

The younger Johanning, who averaged about 10 points and 7 rebounds a game as a sophomore for the Blue Dragons, was scheduled to sign a KU letter of intent this afternoon.

A Wichita Carroll product, Johanning originally went to Clemson, but did not play because of a knee injury. He had planned to transfer to SMU after his freshman year at Hutch, but returned for his sophomore year instead.

Wednesday was the first day national letters could be offered and, as expected, Wichita South all-state guard Steve Woodberry penned a KU scholarship agreement.

The 6-3 Woodberry had made verbal commitment to Kansas during last November's signing period. Woodberry, who averaged 20.5 points and 10 rebounds a game last season, is projected as a point guard.

"Steve handles the ball well," Wichita South coach Steve Eck said. "The best thing is he's a good passer and a team player."

Kansas coach Roy Williams was impressed by Woodberry both on and off the court.

"He has over a 3.0 grade point average," Williams said, "and his South team only lost three games and won two state championships during his three years there."

Woodberry and Johanning join 6-8 Patrick Richey of Lee's Summit, Mo., and 6-6 Richard Scott of Little Rock, Ark., as KU signees. Williams has two more scholarships available.

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