Just one day after PJ Washington and Ashton Hagans made their NBA Draft decisions, Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson has made his announcement.
Johnson will put his name in the draft, but is leaving the door open to return if he doesn’t get the feedback he’s hoping for in the process.
“First of all, I want to thank God because none of this would be possible without Him,” Johnson said in a press release. “Thank you to my family for always having my back and getting me to this point. Thank you to Coach Cal for pushing me on and off the court to be the best player I can be. He never let me take a day off. I want to thank Coach KP (Kenny Payne) for pushing me every day and for being a father figure away from home. Thank you to Coach (Tony) Barbee for being there through tough times. I also want to thank Coach Joel (Justus) and Coach (John) Robic for always providing a helping hand when I needed and for always supporting me.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari said he supports Johnson’s decision to go through the process before making a final decision.
“Keldon is a gym rat who has improved in all areas this season,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “Keldon has the athleticism, physique and skill set to compete at a high level in that league. His ability to make people around him better and his willingness to share and be a great teammate is what will set him apart when he goes through workouts. I fully support his decision to go through this process and get all the information. Whatever he decides, he will have my full support.”
Johnson has until May 29 to officially keep his name in the draft or return for a sophomore season.