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BREAKING: Johnny Juzang transfers to UCLA

Former Kentucky guard Johnny Juzang is headed home.

This afternoon, the 6-foot-6 guard out of Los Angeles, CA announced he would be transferring to UCLA to play for Mick Cronin.

“I want to thank Kentucky again for such an amazing experience,” Juzang said in his announcement. “I’m so grateful for their dedication and commitment to my development as a player and person. To the coaches, my teammates, the trainers, the staff, and BBN, thank you. I’m always rooting for y’all. BBN4L.

“But with that said, I can’t explain how excited I am to play for Coach Cronin and UCLA,” Juzang continued. “Growing up in Los Angeles, 15 minutes from Westwood, I’ve always followed UCLA and dreamed of playing in Pauley Pavilion. Bringing a title back home is something that motivates me like nothing else. I can’t wait to put on that blue and gold. I will be pursuing a waiver for immediate eligibility. Go Bruins!”

As a freshman, Juzang finished the year averaging 2.9 points (37.7% shooting, 32.6% 3PT, 83.3% FT), 1.9 rebounds, and 0.3 assists in 12.3 minutes per contest.

In 13 games this year, the 6-foot-6 guard played less than ten minutes, including six games with five minutes or fewer and one game with zero minutes (Alabama). He also went scoreless in ten other instances compared to just seven games of more than one made shot.

After a slow start to the year, though, the freshman guard managed three consecutive games of multiple made shots against Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas Tech, followed it up with a 13-point performance on 4-4 shooting from three at Tennessee, and closed out the season with a 10-point, 4-6 shooting effort in 33 minutes at Florida.

After seeing the 6-foot-6 guard find his groove to close out the season, Kentucky head coach John Calipari hoped Juzang would follow in the footsteps of Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans, and EJ Montgomery, among other multi-year players, who had built upon short spurts of success in year one into consistent production as sophomores.

“Now he knows. The anxiety a freshman has, you can talk to Immanuel [Quickley], or Ashton [Hagans], or EJ [Montgomery], that a sophomore does not have in this program is incredible,” Calipari said in a media teleconference two weeks ago. “Knowing that each game is the other team’s Super Bowl, that every practice matters, you’re not going through the motions, you don’t take days off. There’s no, “I’m not feeling it today.” Woah, woah, woah, that’s okay, you’re just not going to be a significant player for us. … All that stuff that you learn through that freshman year is why guys come back in their sophomore years and you say “Wow.” Big steps up.”

Instead of seeing what he could bring to the table as a sophomore in Lexington, Juzang will now look to build upon that late-season success back home at UCLA.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

33 Comments for BREAKING: Johnny Juzang transfers to UCLA

  1. secrick
    1:48 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Good luck Johnny, thanks for playing.

  2. dhard
    1:54 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Talk about a step down.

  3. IrishCat
    1:56 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Probably a good fit for him.

  4. UKFanSC
    1:56 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Glad we could improve your game and do so much for you……hope you enjoy displaying your talents to the UCLA fans.

    • Newtype
      2:00 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

      “We” lol

    • meeksfor3
      3:15 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

      “hope you enjoy displaying your talents to the UCLA fans”.

      Both of them.

  5. StuckinLville
    1:58 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    oh suck it johnny. You ain’t winning a title there.

  6. Newtype
    2:01 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    He looks like a UCLA player

    • ColoradoCatFan88
      2:31 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

      My thoughts exactly

  7. UKLugo
    2:18 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Still gonna have someone in your face about your defense, rebounding, and fight under Cronin. And with Nix in the fold and Cronin coaching his traditional style, tell your dad not to expect having the ball in your hands to “create”.
    I do like Cronin and Nix and I like when UCLA is relevant. So, I do wish him best of luck. It is certainly closer to home.

  8. ClutchCargo
    2:18 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Well, at least this leaves open the possibility that homesickness really was a factor, and those other non-west coast schools put out there were just a smokescreen. But whatever happened to friends or family members counseling young people to finish what they started and that the choice they made for the right reasons is still the best choice?

  9. michaelb
    2:20 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    He will prob be successful here , glad he considered us , he, just barely, wasn’t cut out for coach Cal. He’s actually a very fine player . What he did as a fresh last season was impressive & not easy . Under rated defender .

  10. BobbyBlue
    2:29 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Not a b doubt he will get ace diver and quickly because his little brother has measles or some such ridiculous thing.
    Emmert is desperate for some BB interest for some west coast schools. Arizona has not been punished for that reason

  11. Ez21
    2:29 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    I’ve never heard anyone talk about how good of a passer juzang was. He would hit guys in stride at the exact moment they needed the ball. His passing impressed me like that drop off to Nick for a fast break dunk he had. Plus who did Cal having throwing the pass to Keion in the Fla game? Johnny and he led him perfectly Keion just missed the layup b4 EJ tipped it in. We could’ve really used him next year. I hate to see him leave.

  12. BobbyBlue
    2:30 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    waiver quickly- I hate spell check !

  13. DoubleB65
    2:31 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Depart from me, I never knew you.

  14. ColoradoCatFan88
    2:35 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    If we don’t return at least 1 of the 3 outta IQ, Nick, & EJ, we will be hurting next season. I don’t care how much talent we have coming in. To make a run in the tournament, we gotta have experienced players.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:39 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

      We have to really hope Dontaie Allen has fully recovered and is ready to contribute. He doesn’t have on the court experience, but he will have at least been around the program for a year.

    • Corder
      2:58 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

      I hear you on that. I do think Allen is going to be ready. By the time next season comes around he will have been through rehab as well as getting back in game shape. He’s been off for almost two years or going on two years. I think he will be fine and ready.

    • CrystalBall
      4:15 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

      Got that right.

  15. Dee
    2:39 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    ….and in other “surprising” news…. Grass is green, the sky is Blue, and BTI still sucks.

  16. JLP
    2:39 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Best of luck JJ. Sounds like a good choice of schools for you. I was hoping to see you shoot 3s for a couple years at UK but I respect your decision.

  17. BobbyBlue
    2:44 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Emmerts $4 mill yearly salary depends on March Madness revenue. He is not going to have that revenue this year. Just another reason he needs teams on the west coast that draw viewers

  18. Headhurts
    2:45 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Get ready Johnny coach Cronin drops f-bombs on guys all day long, good luck.

  19. gasman01
    3:17 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Too bad we didn’t get a shot at the title. This was a tremendously bunch of weak teams this year. Teams are going to be better next year. Our youth could be a real problem unless we get IQ an EJ to stay one more year.

  20. nousername
    3:18 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    He must like grind-it-out, rock fight basketball played in the low 50s. I wonder who his third team will be?

  21. Larkin123
    3:20 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Go look at Cals wildcat freshman sharpshooters on the game we lose in the NCAA. I think you will be shocked. Hero Murray Monk go look them up… Freshman shooting always tanks in the tournament.

    Have to keep the shooters…

  22. whack0001
    5:10 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    He’s looks like a cross eyed idiot in that picture. It fits him

    • Newtype
      12:30 am April 10, 2020 Permalink

      Looks better than the loser idiots talking about him in message boards.

  23. tdub
    5:29 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Wish he would have stayed, good luck to him.

  24. bigcat68
    10:54 pm April 9, 2020 Permalink

    Hope Pitino brings him to Iona next.