The Marshall County Hoopfest is officially underway, and Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson is one of the headlining prospects in the event.
Tonight, the future Kentucky guard helped Oak Hill defeat Hamilton Heights by a final score of 84-63. Johnson finished the game with 16 points on 6-17 shooting, seven rebounds, one assist, and two steals.
After the game, SEC Country’s Joe Mussatto interviewed Johnson on his decision to come to Lexington, recruiting other prospects, and what it was like to play in front of the BBN for the first time as a Wildcat commit.
Though he hasn’t reached out to other Kentucky targets, Johnson says he will reach out to Zion Williamson and Moses Brown soon to seal the deal.
“I know Tyler (Herro’s) been talking to Zion a lot, staying on him, and talking to Moses (Brown),” Johnson said. “Maybe I’ll get in contact sometime soon and see where their head is at and see if we can get this done.”
In his recruitment, it was well known Johnson’s father, Chris, was very hesitant about his son going to Kentucky. His biggest concerns were playing time and having to compete against some of the nation’s best to put up points, a worry many parents of top recruits have. After a long discussion, the 6-6 wing convinced his father Kentucky was the best place for him.
“I was more for Maryland and N.C. State because they were local and he would have been the man from day one,” Chris Johnson said in an interview with Chris Fisher of CatsPause.com. “We went back and forth but he was sold on Kentucky. That was where he really, really wanted to go. He just wanted to be part of that tradition.”
Tonight, Johnson went a little further on his father’s thought process with SEC Country and why the Cats ended up being the best fit for him.
“He just knows a lot of good players are gonna come to Kentucky and that no slackers come to Kentucky,” Johnson said. “From day one I gotta fight. I think he was a little hesitant on that, but I know my dad believes in me that I can do it.”
The Marshall County Hoopfest is always packed with Kentucky fans waiting to see the newest Wildcats in action. Johnson said it was great to see the Big Blue Nation out in full force to cheer him on.
“There was a lot of people out there calling my name and things like that,” Johnson said. “It was an awesome environment… I fed off (the crowd) and they fed off me.”
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