Adidas Camp: Keldon Johnson

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. — Very rapidly, Virginia native Keldon Johnson is establishing himself as one of the country's sophomores of note. The Class of 2018 understandably hasn't drawn a ton of attention so far this summer, but Johnson's play at the Adidas Camp opened eyes on Thursday.



You can't call it a true breakout when a player already boasts high-major offers, especially when that athlete has three more years of high school competition remaining. But Keldon Johnson clearly has accelerated his recruitment this month, as promising as it already appeared to be.

I most recently observed Johnson at the Super Sophomore Camp a couple months ago, and here he has looked like an evolved player even since then. The 6-3 shooting guard actually played more of a wing forward role at the SSC, given the relative lack of size of those young prospects, but at Adidas he's playing off guard.

And looking very natural doing it. Johnson wields a high-arching jump shot that finds the net from 21 feet, and he's even more accurate a step or two inside the line. Although not an explosive finisher (at least not yet), he's reasonably quick already and handles well enough to shake loose for mid-range jumpers.

He's also highly adept scoring on the move, utilizing an advanced set of floaters and runners to thwart would-be shotblockers. As he gains strength — and hopefully continues to grow — he should become all the more dynamic as an offensive weapon.

Meanwhile, some college programs already have committed themselves to the chase.

"I have offers from Cincinnati, Virginia Tech and ODU," Johnson said. "I have interest from Florida, Xavier and JMU."

That list certainly will expand — and likely in the next few weeks — and Johnson will continue to feature in our coverage of the rising sophomore class.



Scout Hoops Top Stories