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Johnny Juzang commits to KENTUCKY!

John Calipari may be in Italy, but he just added another impressive recruit to his roster for next season. Four-star wing Johnny Juzang just announced he’s committed to the University of Kentucky. He’s listed as the No. 30 overall player in the class, according to 24/7 Sports’ final rankings.

The Studio City, California native just posted the news on his Instagram, saying “Big Blue Nation, stand up.” He chose the Cats over Virginia, Kansas and Oregon.

 

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After reclassifying into the 2019 class just weeks ago, Juzang was thrust into the spotlight, quickly moving onto Kentucky’s radar, especially after news broke of Jemarl Baker’s pending transfer. He’s listed at 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds. In high school, he averaged 22.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game throughout 26 appearances. Juzang shot 43 percent from the floor, 35 percent from the three-point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe.

With the commitment, the Cats currently have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, followed by Arizona then Duke. Before Juzang’s commitment, UK was in third place, but the addition of the four-star player pushed the Cats back to the top. This isn’t necessarily finalized, as Memphis could make a move for the No. 1 spot if they land RJ Hampton and Boogie Ellis. However, if Coach Calipari is able to land Jaden McDaniels, Kentucky could still snag one of the top spots.

Regardless, Juzang’s commitment is great news for next season’s Wildcats. Welcome to the BBN!


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Four of Kentucky’s top five basketball players will stay in-state

Four of Kentucky’s top five basketball players will stay in-state

The state of Kentucky may be known for its flagship basketball program, but it’s not necessarily known for producing in-state talent. This year, however, the Bluegrass produced a strong class, and four of top players are continuing their basketball careers in the Commonwealth.

These four young men are all heading to different programs come next fall, but all of them will have the hometown advantage when they get to their respective college campus. The fifth – KyKy Tandy – is the second-best Kentuckian in the class, and he’ll be staying close to home, as well.

Here’s a look at Kentucky’s top-five players. All rankings are according to 24/7 Sports final national rankings for the 2019 class.

David Johnson – Louisville, No. 64

The Trinity star is staying home to play for Chris Mack and the University of Louisville. He’s a four-star prospect and is considered Kentucky’s best player in the class.

KyKy Tandy – Xavier, No. 76

After some speculation Tandy could become a Wildcat, the Hopkinsville native wound up signing with Xavier University, just over the river in Cincinnati, Ohio. He’s listed as a four-star combo guard.

Dontaie Allen – UK, No. 91

After winning Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball award, Pendleton County’s own Dontaie Allen will join the Wildcats next season. He’s a 4-star small forward.

Michael Moreno – Eastern, No. 274

The Georgetown native is listed as a 3-star recruit and the No. 46 power forward in the nation. After graduating from Scott County High School, he’ll join the Eastern Kentucky Colonels next season. Moreno was the final player from this list to sign on the dotted line – he just committed to EKU Thursday.

Isaiah Cozart – Western, No. 347

Cozart is a 3-star small forward from Richmond, Kentucky. Cozart will graduate from Madison Central before joining the Hilltoppers next fall. He’ll play alongside fellow Kentuckian (and Dunbar High School graduate) Taveion Hollingsworth.


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