2018 recruit Keyontae Johnson emerged over the spring and summer playing for Boo Williams 16’s team.
After a successful summer the 6-foot-5 wing opted to transfer from Virgina to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy. The move appears to have paid off, as Johnson continues to show improvement.
At the National HS Hoops Festival over the weekend, Johnson was aggressive and showed off his impressive athleticism. Playing alongside guard Trevon Duval, Johnson looked to drive the ball and made play after play in transition.
Perhaps what stood out the most about Johnson’s play was his passing, both in the half court and in transition. Johnson, a natural wing, has good vision and put a number of difficult passes on the money during IMG’s two games in the event.
Q&A with Keynotae Johnson
How do you think you played?
I think I did alright, I could’ve done better. I got to get more shots up.
You all got so many guys on your team though, is it hard to get shots up when you have that and share the ball?
Yeah we pass the ball really well, its just kind of hard…my part is just to get rebounds, use my endurance so it’s easier for me to do that and get my points off that.
You seem like a natural passer, is that something you feel like is a strength of your game?
Yes sir. I like getting my teammates the ball so like everyone can sink in then I get space and get wide open shots.
Describe your game from your eyes.
I like to push the ball up the floor, look for the bigs and get mid-range shots.
You transferred to IMG this season and are playing a national schedule…What’s it been like for you?
I think it’s helping me a little bit playing against better competition. Because playing in Virginia, we’re playing against the same teams over and over again. I’ve been playing against them since I was little so I wasn’t like changing, playing upper competition level.
How’s the recruiting process going?
It’s going good so far.
Any of them offered?
Yeah all of them offered.
You done any visits?
I haven’t been on a visit.
Anyone you feel like is really prioritizing you?
Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Providence.