Kentucky Sports Radio will preview every player heading into UK’s Bahamas trip starting on August 8th. The complete schedule can be found here and all games are on SEC Network.
Basics: Keldon Johnson is a 6-foot-6, 211-pound wing from South Hill, Va. He played his high school basketball at prestigious Oak Hill Academy and becomes the first Oak Hill player to play for UK since Doron Lamb. Johnson has a brother, Kaleb who plays for Georgetown. He averaged 7.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and two assists per game for the Hoyas last season. ESPN ranked Johnson as
2017-2018: Johnson was named Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year after averaging 22.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.4 per game last year while playing one of the most difficult schedules in the country. Johnson had a strong enough season to be named to the McDonald’s All-American game and the Jordan Brand Classic. UK was slightly late to Johnson’s recruitment in 2017 but the Cats were able to quickly make up enough ground to land a commitment. Johnson picked UK over Texas, Kansas, UCLA and Maryland.
Bahamas Expectations: Johnson has been one of UK’s most hyped players this summer but coincidentally had his worst practice of the summer when media were allowed to attend earlier this week. Expectations are high for Johnson and he’s also one of UK’s most important players. The Cats need a playmaker on the wing and he’s really UK’s only option. Defensively Johnson needs to be a lockdown defender and we saw him put the clamps on R.J. Barrett during the McDonald’s All-American game. When Johnson is locked in he’s tough to stop offensively and he can shutdown players defensively. Let’s see that in the Bahamas. UK should be fine offensively so I want to see Johnson be the consistent and great defender that we’ve heard about this summer and saw from Johnson as a high school player. Also, I’m still somewhat concerned about shooting so if Johnson could knockdown some outside shots that would be big for Kentucky.
Highlights (some of the highlight videos in this series may have language NSFW. Some won’t. Follow your heart):
T.J.’s Player Preview Schedule (click the player’s name to read previous posts):
July 24th: Reid Travis
July 25th: P.J. Washington
July 26th: Jemarl Baker
July 27th: Nick Richards
July 30th: Quade Green
July 31st: E.J. Montgomery
August 1st: Tyler Herro
August 2nd: Immanuel Quickley
August 3rd: Keldon Johnson
August: 6th: Ashton Hagans
August 7th: Walk-ons