Citadel signs point guard

Citadel basketball coach Duggar Baucom has signed point guard Frankie Johnson to a letter of intent, the school announced Tuesday.

Johnson is a 5-7 senior and a two-sport star at Darlington High School, where he also plays quarterback on the football team.

“We are thrilled to have Frankie join our basketball family,” Baucom said. “He is the perfect fit as the engine for our up-tempo attack. He combines tremendous quickness with football-mentality toughness.”

Johnson led his basketball team to the Class AAA state title game in 2014, and to the Lower State final last season. He’s been the Region 6-AAA player of the year twice, and all-state twice. As a junior, he averaged 19.5 points, 6.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds.

In football, Johnson passed for 1,436 yards and rushed for 1,138 yards in his career. He plays for Darlington, but attends the Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, where he is on the honor roll and a member of the National English Honor Society.

“Frankie is a natural leader who has been playing varsity basketball since the eighth grade,” Baucom said. “He is a serious student that understands the value of earning a degree at The Citadel. He is the type of person and future cadet-athlete that we want to build our program around.”

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