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Keldon Johnson, James Wiseman at Marshall County Hoop Fest this weekend

The Marshall County Hoop Fest is underway in Benton, and this year’s event features two very familiar names. Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson and 2019 big man James Wiseman are participating in the event, along with a handful of other UK targets:

  • Keldon Johnson, Oak Hill Academy (2018) — SIGNED
  • Zan Payne, Lexington Catholic (2018) — Interest (son of Kenny Payne)
  • James Wiseman, Memphis East (2019) — Offered
  • D.J. Jeffries, Olive Branch (2019) — Offered
  • Jaemyn Brakefield, Huntington Prep (2020) — Interest
  • Zion Harmin, Adair County (2021) — Interest

Not only is this a great chance to welcome Keldon Johnson to the Big Blue Nation, it’s an opportunity to see James Wiseman in action. As we’ve mention, there’s a possibility Wiseman will reclassify to the 2018 class, and, because of his age, he would have to stay at the school of his choice for two years. It’s not clear whether he’ll actually do that, but one thing is for certain: Kentucky is his favorite right now.

The event will also feature Zan Payne, Kenny Payne’s son, who is currently a senior at Lexington Catholic. Add in D.J. Jeffries, Jaemyn Brakefield, and Zion Harmon and it’s a safe bet John Calipari makes his way to Benton this weekend. Oregon signee Bol Bol will also be there with Findlay Prep, coached by PJ Washington’s father, as will top 2019 prospect Charles Bassey.

Here’s when Johnson and UK’s targets play:


4 p.m.: Oak Hill Academy (Va.) [Keldon Johnson] vs. Hamilton Heights (Tenn.)

8:30 p.m.: Huntington Prep (W.Va.) [Jaemyn Brakefield] vs. St. Benedict’s (N.J.)


3:45 p.m.: Prolific Prep (Calif.) vs. Huntington Prep (W.Va.) [Jaemyn Brakefield]

5:15 p.m.: Lexington Catholic [Zan Payne] vs. Marshall County

6:45 p.m.: Adair County [Zion Harmon] vs. Olive Branch (Miss.) [D.J. Jeffries]

8:15 p.m.: Tennessee Prep (Tenn.) vs. Oak Hill Academy (Va.) [Keldon Johnson]


1:30 p.m.: Aspire Academy vs. Memphis East (Tenn.) [James Wiseman]


If you’d like to go, tickets are available starting at $10. For more information, check out Live streams of the games are also available via Tanager Sports.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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