first_imgNovember 13, 2019 /Sports News – Local Johnson and Saunders sign to play for BYU Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Richie Saunders/Spencer Johnson/Wasatch Academy Tigers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball coach Mark Pope announced today that Spencer Johnson and Richie Saunders have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Cougars.Johnson is currently playing his redshirt freshman season for Kyle Taylor at Salt Lake Community College. Through four games Johnson is averaging 14.0 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Bruins. He will have three years of eligibility remaining when he comes to Provo next season.“We’re so excited to get Spencer and Richie,” Pope said. “Spencer is a battle-tested, high-ceiling, tough winner who has a chance to come and make an immediate impact on our roster. He is crushing it in the junior college ranks right now and we expect his to game to continue to grow throughout this season.”Johnson prepped at American Fork High School where he played for Doug Meacham. As a senior, Johnson led American Fork to the quarterfinals of the 5A Utah state tournament and averaged 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He was named first-team all-state by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune. Johnson earned second-team all-state honors as a junior when he averaged 18.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.Following high school, Johnson served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy.Saunders is currently at Wasatch Academy where he plays for Dave Evans. As a junior in 2018-19, Saunders averaged 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals while helping Wasatch to a 26-4 record, a final national ranking of No. 10 in the USA Today Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings and a fifth-place finish at the GEICO Nationals in New York City.“Richie is truly one of the elite shooters in the western United States,” Pope said. “His 6-foot-6 frame is going to grow into a punishing body and he has a heart that’s even bigger. Richie is one of the best young men that I’ve ever met. He’s going to leave a great legacy at BYU.”Prior to Wasatch, Saunders played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Riverton High School for Skyler Wilson. As a sophomore he earned 6A first-team all-state honors from the Deseret News and second-team recognition form the Salt Lake Tribune. That season he led Riverton to a record of 18-6 while averaging 18.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists.Saunders plans to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before enrolling at BYU.Spencer Johnson6-5, 175, GuardAmerican Fork, Utah / Salt Lake Community CollegePlays for Kyle Taylor at Salt Lake Community CollegeRedshirted at Weber State in 2018-19 before transferring to Salt Lake CCPrepped at American Fork High School for Doug MeachamAs a senior in 2015-16 was named first-team all-state (5A) by the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret NewsSenior year (2015-16) averaged 19.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.8 steals, 19-6 5A quarterfinalsAs a junior in 2014-15 was named second-team all-state (5A) by the Deseret NewsJunior year averaged 18.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.2 stealsServed a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy after graduating from American ForkRichie Saunders6-5, 185, GuardRiverton, Utah / Wasatch AcademyPlays for Dave Evans at Wasatch AcademyAveraged 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.1 steals as a junior in 2018-19Helped Wasatch Academy to a 26-4 record, a final national ranking of No. 10 in the USA Today Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings and a fifth-place finish at the GEICO Nations in New York CityPlayed his freshman and sophomore seasons at Riverton High School for Skyler WilsonAs a sophomore in 2017-18 was named first-team all-state (6A) by the Deseret News and second-team all-state by the Salt Lake TribuneLed Riverton to a record of 18-6 in 2017-18 and averaged 18.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals and made 47 3-point field goalsScored 20-plus points 10 times including a career-best 36 vs. Murray Robert Lovelllast_img