Keldon Johnson (Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike)

Keldon Johnson (Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike)

BENTON, Ky. — Can’t blame Mr. Johnson. Not one bit.

Chris Johnson was hesitant about his son Keldon Johnson, a five-star shooting guard in the 2018 recruiting class, signing last month to play college basketball for Kentucky.

“He just knows a lot of great players are going to come to Kentucky and no slackers come to Kentucky,” Keldon Johnson said last week after his Oak Hill Academy squad won the opening game at the Marshall County Hoop Fest.

That’s a true — but also a simplified — way of looking at Kentucky basketball’s future.

We know there will be talented players. There’s also plenty we don’t know about the Wildcats for 2018-19, but the outlook can only get better from here.

That’s why you can’t blame Mr. Johnson because, it seems, he simply wanted to know who his son, who signed his letter-of-intent last month, would encounter in the battle for playing time next season.

That’s information we don’t have available.

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This time last season, recruits knew what Kentucky players were going to do. Point guard Quade Green knew De’Aaron Fox would leave for the NBA because we all did. Shooting guard Hamidou Diallo knew Malik Monk would go pro. Forward Nick Richards knew Bam Adebayo was gone, too. That Dominique Hawkins and Derek Wills were seniors created two open spots in the rotation, but sophomores Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries were set on ending their amateur status for a long time, too.

All of that opportunity on the table was vital for John Calipari to sell his program to the 2017 wave of recruits.

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Source:: Usatoday – Sports


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