HAZARD - Following a transfer from Sheldon Clark, junior forward Justin Johnson has been ruled eligible to play for Perry County Central. Johnson was expected to make his debut for the Commodores on Thursday in the Republic Bank Classic at Lexington Catholic .
Perry County Central is under the direction of former Sheldon Clark head coach Kevin Spurlock, a Floyd County native. Spurlock has also been a head coach at crosstown rival Hazard. The Floyd County product had his first tenure as a head coach for Trimble County.
Johnson ranks as one of the state’s top players and has already received multiple scholarship offers. As a sophomore, Johnson averaged 14.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game for Sheldon Clark. Johnson led the Cardinals in rebounding and ranked second on the team in scoring during his sophomore campaign. He helped lead Sheldon Clark to the 57th District championship and a 26-7 record, the best overall mark in the 15th Region.
Prior to the Christmas break, Perry County Central had won seven straight games after falling to Scott County in a season-opener. With the addition of Johnson, Perry County Central has an even better shot at capturing the 14th Region title. Spurlock guided Hazard to a 14th Region championship earlier in his career.
Another high-profile transfer involving a 15th Region standout took place in November. Earlier in the year, prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, Ray Kasongo was granted his eligibility after transferring from East Ridge to Pikeville.