The No. 3 player in the class of 2020 is one step closer to making his college decision, and the Kentucky Wildcats have a legitimate shot to land him.
Jalen Johnson, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Milwaukee, WI, told recruiting outlet Tipton Edits that he will be making his decision “within the next couple months.”
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The five-star forward prospect cut his list on Saturday down to four schools: Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin, and Arizona.
Just last weekend, Johnson told reporters in Atlanta at the Nike EYBL event that he was thinking about making a decision as early as Peach Jam (July 10-14), which would seem to fit that timeline.
“I was thinking Peach Jam, but it just depends on when I get that feeling,” he said.
The Wisconsin native added that he wanted to get the process over with before is senior year so he can close out his high school career without the pressure of a college decision weighing on his mind.
“I just want to go into my senior year knowing where I’m going to go, get the weight off my shoulders.”
In terms of specific schools of interest, as we’ve written several times now, Johnson claims Kentucky was his “dream school” growing up.
“I really like Kentucky a lot, that’s been my dream school growing up,” Johnson said. “I liked watching John Wall when he was there, and that’s kind of when it started. … It’s crazy there, it’s like no other. The fans are crazy there, extremely loyal. They want what’s best for their players.”
Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who watched every one of Johnson’s games down in Atlanta for session one of EYBL, has been going all-in on the 6-foot-8 forward since he offered him a scholarship back in September of last year.
“Coach Cal, him coming to my school three times this year,” Johnson said. “It just shows that I’m a priority for him and they really want me. It really means a lot.”
Will it be enough to win out in the end? We’ll have to see.
Until then, check out his highlight tape below: