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:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) August 12, 2018
It also became clear early on that Keldon is a goofball, which made him an easy target for his coaches.
While praising Reid Travis’ maturity today, Kenny Payne also teased Keldon Johnson. Fun moment pic.twitter.com/2kc0jRnFPR
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) August 9, 2018
The buzzer-beater to send the Seton Hall game to overtime
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) December 8, 2018
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:
Safe to say Kentucky made efficient use of the shot clock. pic.twitter.com/KQH27PNah3
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 23, 2018
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:
Best of luck, Keldon.