Kentucky signee Immanuel Quickley impressed in the Hoophall Classic earlier today, dropping 19 points and five rebounds in a tough loss.
Immediately after, five-star Oak Hill forward and Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson managed to also put on a show, finishing with 21 points, seven rebounds, and three assists on the day. With his team’s victory, No. 2 Oak Hill moves to 25-0 on the year, with Johnson being a massive reason for that.
Though his performance was stellar, the national attention Johnson received after the game was even more impressive. Scrolling through Twitter after the game, countless media members and basketball analysts raved about Johnson’s game, saying his competitiveness and will to win is second to none.
Hard not to like Keldon Johnson. Competitive on the court. Classy & personable off it. Sure to be a fan favorite with BBN.
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) January 15, 2018
Keldon Johnson finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. He was named the Player of the Game by ESPN. UK target Vernon Carey finished with a double-double. 29 points. Fun game. Johnson will be a star for the Cats. All the pieces are there.
— T.J. Walker (@TWalkerRivals) January 15, 2018
Keldon Johnson uses his shoulders as well as any wing in the country. Can power through guys and finish through contact because of that strength up top. Brings the action to the defender and plays the aggressor. #HoopHall
— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) January 15, 2018
Keldon Johnson continues to prove he is the best player in the 2018 class but because his game isn't sexy won't move up. Why is Oakhill undefeated? Look no further than #3. Elite scorer, elite competitor
— Jeremy Grubbs (@iamCoachGrubbs) January 15, 2018
Keldon Johnson is ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥ðŸ”¥.
Doing whatever he wants against Top 3 University.
Pure scorer who can fill it up from all levels. Driving at will. Flexing on defense. Alpha male on star studded stage.
— Lynden Ostrander (@lynden_o) January 15, 2018
During a halftime interview, Johnson was asked what separates his game from the rest of the nation.
His response? “I’m a dog. I do whatever it takes for my team to win.”
Keldon Johnson halftime interview today “ I’m a DOG” ðŸ¶as the Oak Hill Warriors lead NSUUniversity School (FL) at the half
– Boo Williams (@BooWilliamsAAU) January 15, 2018
In an interview with Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com, Johnson said things are starting to click for him, and when he gets going, it’s going to be a problem for the rest of the nation.
“I think the sky’s the limit for my game generally, because once I get going, everything gets going,” Johnson said. “My shot, getting to the basket, getting to the free-throw line, getting my teammates involved. Once I get going, it’s really a problem.”
Johnson’s jump shot has always been the biggest knock on his game, but now, he has developed into a consistent threat from both mid-range and beyond the arc. He said if he continues to work on that and build up muscle, he’ll be ready to be a big contributor for the Wildcats next season.
“I hit the mid-range pretty consistently when I shoot it,” Johnson said. “I just think spot-up threes, I really improved on that this year. I’m just working. Keep working hard on my body, and I think I’ll be ready for that.”
Check out his game highlights, and his sit-down interview with ESPN’s Paul Biancardi where he talked about his work ethic and how excited he is to play for John Calipari at Kentucky:
Not enough highlights for you? Check out Johnson’s MVP performance at the Chic-Fil-A Classic two weeks ago:
This kid is going to be good.
Go Big Blue.