On Saturday, the Wildcats landed five-star shooting guard Keldon Johnson, who announced his decision during homecoming at prep basketball powerhouse Oak Hill Academy.
The successful recruitment of Johnson boosts Kentucky’s class after misses on coveted targets like R.J. Barrett, Bol Bol, Cameron Reddish and others.
The 6-foot-6, No. 14 overall player in the senior class, Johnson chose Kentucky over finalists Maryland, N.C. State and Texas.
A late name to know during the recruiting process, Johnson received a Kentucky offer in late August and visited Lexington in mid-September.
Small forward Zion Williamson, the No. 2 overall ’18 recruit, continues to be the most important target in Kentucky’s class, with four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro in the mix to add depth.
Questions: Barrett and Romeo Langford are higher regarded shooting guard prospects, but how good will Johnson perform at the college level? Kentucky has had elite scorers in Jamal Murray and Malik Monk at the position in recent seasons and Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky’s current starter at the spot, is one of the most athletic players in the country.