HUNTSVILLE – Adding to his 2018-19 roster, Sam Houston State men’s basketball head coach Jason Hooten announced Monday the addition of incoming freshman Cyrus Johnson to the Bearkat roster.

“We are extremely excited to have Cyrus join our Bearkat family,” Hooten said. “Cyrus will be an incoming freshman joining Zach Nutall and Xavier Bryant. We really felt that Cyrus fit our culture and mold as a Sam Houston State student-athlete.”

Coming in at 6-foot-5, the 220-pound forward from Culver City, Calif., earned first-team All-Ocean League and All-CIF Division 2AA honors after averaging 11.3 points and seven rebounds per game at Culver City High School. In addition to 15 blocks, Johnson racked up 259 points and 156 rebounds in his senior season.

“He is a tough-minded player with a great work ethic that will help him become a really good player in our system,” Hooten added. “Cyrus has a college-ready body and with time he will become a very versatile player on both sides of the court.”

Johnson comes to a Bearkat program that has won at least 20 games in four of its last five seasons. Hooten’s crew posted a 21-15 overall record in 2017-18 and advanced to both the semifinals of the Southland Conference Tournament and postseason CIT.

The newcomer joins a strong signing class that includes Bryant and Nutall, as well as junior transfers RJ Smith, Chad Bowie, Zaqwaun Matthews and Kai Mitchell. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State men’s basketball team, visit or follow @BearkatsMBB on Twitter.