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Keldon Johnson’s greatest hits at Kentucky

Keldon Johnson announced this morning he’s staying in the draft, meaning that his career at Kentucky is over. Let’s spend the time waiting for his interview on KSR looking back at some of his biggest moments as a Wildcat.

All of the dunks in the Bahamas

Keldon’s athleticism was on display from the start, with several rim-rattling dunks in the Bahamas:

It also became clear early on that Keldon is a goofball, which made him an easy target for his coaches.

The buzzer-beater to send the Seton Hall game to overtime

As you know, Kentucky would go on to lose this game, but that shot was insane.

His six threes vs. Utah

One of Keldon’s three SEC Freshman of the Week honors came after his performance vs. Utah. Keldon hit a career-high six threes vs. the Utes, the most by a Kentucky player since Wenyen Gabriel in the 2018 SEC Tournament. Five of those threes came in the first half, giving us shades of Tayshaun Prince:

21 points vs. North Carolina

Ashton Hagans was the star of the North Carolina game, but Keldon was also clutch, carrying over a career shooting day vs. Utah to help beat the Tar Heels. Keldon scored 21 points off 7-11 from the floor and 4-7 from behind the arc. With the shot clock winding down, he sank this one to put the Cats up ten:

Big plays vs. Tennessee

After somewhat of a slow start to SEC play, Keldon Johnson came alive in Kentucky’s win over No. 1 Tennessee at Rupp Arena, hitting three threes on his way to 19 points.

Career-high 17 rebounds vs. Auburn

With Reid Travis out with a sprained knee, Kentucky needed someone to step up on the boards, and Keldon did, snagging a career-high 17 rebounds, the most by a Wildcat in an SEC game under Calipari. As Cal said afterwards, Keldon told on himself with that effort on the glass.

A huge first half vs. Ole Miss

After a disappointing performance at Tennessee, Keldon bounced back in a big way at Ole Miss. With Reid Travis still out and PJ Washington in foul trouble early on, Keldon stepped up, scoring 14 points and pulling down five rebounds in the first half. He finished with 22 points, seven boards, and three assists, his first 20-plus point outing in a month and a half.

25 points vs. Abilene Christian

With PJ Washington out, Keldon rose to the occasion in Kentucky’s first round game vs. Abilene Christian, scoring a team-high 25 points, including three threes.

That time he serenaded his teammates and reporters

My favorite memory of Keldon? That time he serenaded the Kentucky locker room after the win over Houston. His attitude is infectious, and a wonderful reminder that these players are just kids:

He also gave us some awesome facial expressions:

Best of luck, Keldon.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

13 Comments for Keldon Johnson’s greatest hits at Kentucky

  1. chris43
    10:42 am April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Cant blame them for going…BUT it’s hard to lose your best players every year. It’s bittersweet as in youre happy to see them achieve their NBA dream but also said their big blue career ended so early. Especially the ones who end up leaving with no first round grade or without being a projected draft pick…Dakari Johnson, The Harrison Twins, Doron Lamb, Briscoe, Archie Goodwin, Teague, Wenyen Gabriel, Humphries and the list goes on. Add in the transfers….Marcus Lee, Killeya Jones, Charles Mathews and the list continues. It feels like we’re a player or two away from a Final Four or National Championship most years. I’m not sure that changes with the current situation. I’m by no means against the one and done but I miss the old days when you truly got to know the players….Jamal Mashburn, Antoine Walker, Tony Delk, Walter McCarty, Jeff Shepherd, John Pelphrey, Travis Ford, Derek Anderson, Mark Pope and so on….

    • ClutchCargo
      11:10 am April 17, 2019 Permalink

      A few of those guys you listed from the old days were transfers from other programs or left early for the draft.

    • CatfaninCinci
      12:00 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      And how did you truly get to know them? Did they come to your house and eat dinner on weekends? You didn’t know them. Any more than you do today’s guys.

      Listen, everyone is yearning for the old game. 30 years ago, when pageantry was a big thing. Those days are over. Remember when you used to get annoyed with older people bringing up the good ole days when you were younger? But you knew, those days weren’t coming back? Congrats! You just became that old dude.

    • CatfaninCinci
      12:03 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Mark Pope, Travis Ford, Derek Anderson, Antoine Walker, Mark Pope… All played the same number of years as PJ Washington at UK…

      Mashburn played 3… and people were pissed at him for leaving.

      Same old same old

  2. RackEmWillie
    11:16 am April 17, 2019 Permalink

    It’s a little hard to get attached to new players every year. I mean, there are guys in the NBA from UK who I don’t remember and can’t place when they were here.

    I mean, I hope they all do well, but I don’t have the attachment to guys who were here for 1 year as I do the multi year guys.

    • CatfaninCinci
      11:56 am April 17, 2019 Permalink

      I remember when we had 4 year guys. We went 22-10 every year and lost the first weekend of the tournament. Bobby Perry, Sheray Thomas. 4 year guys. By the time they got to their 4th year, we were griping that they hadn’t learned anything in the previous 3. Pick your poison.

      If you enjoy getting to know the players, go root for a team like UT. Who is only legit every 4 years or so. You’ll be much happier getting to know your team well. And I’ll be happy you’re gone, and we remain a title threat every year. Everyone wins.

    • RackEmWillie
      12:01 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Weird flex attempt.

    • J-Dub421
      12:03 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      It’s much easier to get to know the players today because of social media.

    • CatfaninCinci
      12:15 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      I’m sorry. What’s flex attempt?

  3. VirginiaCat
    11:33 am April 17, 2019 Permalink

    We should forego names and assign numbers to our recruits. That way, at the end of the season, it’s easier to list the latest group going to the NBA. “Ladies and gentlemen, please scratch players 4, 3, 6, and 2 from your rosters and please don’t forget to thank them for their 5-month careers with the Wildcats.”

    • J-Dub421
      11:36 am April 17, 2019 Permalink

      Again, go cheer for another team. UK is no longer the team for you.

    • henderblue
      12:10 pm April 17, 2019 Permalink

      J-Dub is right…

  4. CatfaninCinci
    11:52 am April 17, 2019 Permalink

    Man, all these butthurt fans are starting to irk me. If you’re this involved with the decisions of 17-18 year old kids to the point you have to post salty diatribes on a fan site, please, go see a counsellor.

    I enjoy watching them play, but take it for what it is. College prepares you for life. If college was really about education, they wouldn’t offer some of the garbage degrees they offer. College is about making money off people, if you don’t understand that, you went to school too long ago to know. These kids are going to sign deals that will set them for life in the next few months. Be happy for them, or seriously, seek counselling to deal with your angst.