Johnson, Fillyaw Selected in PBL Draft

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Former Topeka High players D.J. Johnson and Marcus Fillyaw were selected in the first round of the Premier Basketball League on Tuesday night.

Johnson, who graduated from William Woods (Mo.) University, was picked third overall by Chautauqua Hurricane and Fillyaw was picked eighth by the Kentucky Mavericks after graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan.

The PBL is a professional basketball minor league that began play in 2008 and features 17 teams. The season begins in January.

Johnson and Fillyaw both graduated from Topeka High in 2012 where they helped lead the Trojans to a fourth place finish in 6A with an 18-7 record. Each played one season at the Division I level with Johnson playing at Coppin State (2012-13) and Fillyaw at Southern Illinois (2013-14).

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds this past season at William Woods, an NAIA school.

Fillyaw, a 6-foot-1 point guard, averaged 7.3 points and 3.5 assists helping Division II Kentucky Wesleyan to a 27-4 record. Fillyaw recently joined the Kentucky Wesleyan coaching staff and plans to continue coaching until the PBL season begins.

Johnson and Fillyaw join Kyle Weems, Antowine Lamb, and Onzie Branch as Topeka natives who are playing professional basketball.

(Photo credit: Lawrence Peart,

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