Ohio State, Tennessee, and Virginia are the finalists for 4-star guard Keon Johnson, a class of 2020 prospect out of The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Johnson took to Twitter to reveal his final three and college commitment date.
— Keon Johnson (@iamkeonjohnson) May 14, 2019
Johnson, a 6’5”, 200-pound guard known for his eye-popping athleticism and versatility, is rated as a consensus 4-star prospect and top 50 recruit in his class by 247Sports (No. 30 overall in the nation in the class of 2020), Rivals (No. 33), and ESPN (No. 45). He averaged 24.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.0 steals, and 2.4 blocks per contest for Webb this past season, earning Division II Class A Mr. Basketball honors for his performance. Johnson is a two-time Mr. Basketball honoree in the state of Tennessee.
This spring and summer Johnson is suiting up for Team EAB on the Adidas Gauntlet AAU circuit, and according to the Adidas Gauntlet website he is averaging 22.3 points (51.1% FG, 23.8% from 3), 6.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game through eight games.
“Everybody sees how tremendously athletic Keon is, but the thing he continues to show is how smart he is and how dedicated to his team he is,” said Webb head boys varsity basketball coach Jeff Mitchell, whose team finished with a 27-7 record in 2018-19. “He loves his team. He loves for other guys to make plays. He has just been a big supporter of team basketball. He shows up at 6 a.m. … he’s just the kind of guy who is great to coach. Most people talk about his skill and athleticism, but he has an edge, too, where he wants to compete and win. He wants the tough matchup. He loves to be challenged. He’s humble.”
— NextUpRecruits (@NextUpRecruits) February 15, 2019
Virginia offered Johnson a scholarship in July of 2018. Head coach Tony Bennett stopped by Webb School last December. Johnson made an official visit to UVA last November, weeks after he traveled to Tennessee for an official visit. Johnson has also taken an official visit to Ohio State – that trip came this past weekend on the heels of a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
Johnson, who will return to Charlottesville for the NBPA Top 100 Camp next month (he attended last year’s event as well), plans on announcing his college commitment on August 6. As of this writing, both Rivals and 247Sports analysts are unanimous in predicting the 4-star guard to stay in-state and play for the Volunteers.
As I’ve mentioned several times, Tennessee appeared to be in very strong shape following Johnson’s official visit there last October, so much so that I thought a commitment was on the verge of happening. For whatever reason he decided to wait, though, and here we are. Ohio State is the new team in the picture. Tennessee remains the favorite according to Rivals and 247Sports, but could Rick Barnes’ interest in UCLA be a negative for the Vols? With respect to Virginia, I think Bennett remains interested as of now, but there are some recruiting dominoes that need to fall, such as who else may join the fold in 2019. Assuming there is still a scholarship spot still available for 2020, getting Johnson to visit again – perhaps before or after the Top 100 Camp – could be important.