The nation’s recruiting experts and NBA scouts have converged in Atlanta this week for the McDonald’s All-American Game festivities and Keldon Johnson’s name continues to come up among the most impressive performers. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz named Johnson one of the standouts this week, praising his athleticism and “alpha dog qualities.”
Kentucky commit Keldon Johnson introduced himself to most NBA scouts for the first time, and he made a strong impression thanks to his slimmed down 6-foot-6 frame, powerful athleticism, aggressive mentality and shooting potential. Johnson showed out as one of the more competitive players to take the floor in Atlanta. He attacked the rim with physicality into right- and left-hand finishes, crashed the offensive and defensive glass, went toe-to-toe with Barrett in the mid-post and brought vocal energy in practice settings.
Becoming a consistent threat from the perimeter will be key for Johnson long-term, especially because he’s more of a momentum athlete than an overly twitchy, half-court shot creator. He gets good rotation and is certainly capable, but he isn’t overly dynamic as a shooter and tends to turn down open jumpers once he misses one or two attempts. Johnson did show that he’s more than just a straight-line slasher, though, as he can play out of pick-and-roll and facilitate on the move. Known for his confident approach to the game, Johnson has some alpha dog qualities that should allow him to stand out right away at Kentucky.
You can see Johnson for yourself tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Spoiler alert: he wants to “dominate and kill”: