Keldon Johnson’s primary goal this AAU season is simple. Get Boo Williams back on top as one of the elite programs in the Nike EYBL 17-and-under competition. The 6’6”, 205-pound wing has his team off to a great start.
Back at home at the Boo Williams Sportsplex in Hampton, BWSL, which went 7-9 last year, opened the first 2017 Nike EYBL session with a perfect 4-0 record, winning all four games in convincing double-digit fashion. Johnson, a rising senior at Huntington Prep (W.V.) and South Hill (VA) native, earned MVP honors for his play during this first session.
“I’m trying to change things around because the past few years we haven’t been so great. This year I’m just trying to get things started off on the right foot so we can make our way to Peach Jam,” said Johnson.
At the same event last season, Johnson was recovering from an ankle injury while trying to find his rhythm. Last week, though, he played with confidence, with aggressiveness yet under control, and was the clear leader of his team. Johnson, who averaged 25.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in the four wins, established his presence immediately with a 34-point outing in a 73-55 win over Nike South Beach last Friday night.
Being healthy is key, of course, but another important factor in his growth as a basketball player has been his commitment off the court. He wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning to get in a daily workout before school. He eats right. And under the tutelage of Huntington Prep’s strength and conditioning coach, he has gotten stronger, faster, and more agile.
“Getting my motor in better shape. Eating right and taking care of my body, so when I’ve got...
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