Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus sat down with TJ Beisner during the latest episode of the Behind Kentucky Basketball Podcast. Justus mainly talked about the incoming recruits and how he perceives they’ll be received by Kentucky fans along with their character and even a little bit about their basketball skills.
You can listen to the entire 24-minute podcast here on SoundCloud, but if you don’t have the time for that, here are some of the highlights.
Justus spoke highly of each player as an individual person and not strictly as basketball players. He sounded particularly excited about how much fun these kids appear to be around and talk with.
“This is going to be the second year in a row where you’ve got some great personalities,” Justus said.
He touched on the most recent addition to the class, Johnny Juzang, and how he could be one of those hidden gems type players. A guy who wasn’t as highly sought after when he came to Kentucky but quickly proved to everyone he belonged. Think Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in that sense.
“He joins a group of guys that have come here with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder,” Justus said. “to say I want people to say, ‘Man, I knew you were good but man, I didn’t know you were that good.’ And Johnny is in that group.”
Juzang’s sister is also apparently an incredibly talented singer.
Keion Brooks stood out to Justus, as well.
“I remember the first time I saw Keion I don’t think he was in the same place twice,” Justus said. “He was at the high post, he was at the elbows, he was on the baseline, he brought the ball up the floor, he rebounded, they put him in the post, he was being moved around and I said if this isn’t positionless then I don’t know who is.”
Check out the full podcast if you have the time. There’s a ton of cool insight regarding the players and how they are perceived by their new coaches.