COLUMBIA, S.C. — Huntington Prep (W.V.) wing Keldon Johnson showed flashes of what makes him the No. 37 ranked prospect in the 2018 class Saturday night in a 93-62 victory over AC Flora (S.C) at the Bojangles Bash.
Smooth handles and a nice-looking mid-range jumper complemented good court vision — the 6-foot-4 forward finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
“I did alright. There are things I can improve on,” Johnson said. “I could have produced a better second half. I needed to attack more.”
Johnson is in his first season at Huntington Prep, having transferred from Park View Senior High School (Va.).
“It’s been a great adjustment period. It’s been humbling,” Johnson said. “Everybody in the community — the host families and the players have welcomed me. They treat me just like family.”
It’s been an adjustment on the court as well, Johnson said.
“Just playing with great players,” he said. “I had good players at my old school, but I’m surrounded by great players who will play high Division 1 here.”
Recruiting has been heating up for the four-star wing, who recently earned an offer from the Kansas Jayhawks.
“Great program. There’s a lot of history and a lot of great players that have gone through Kansas.” Johnson said.
Johnson said he’s been hearing from Kansas head coach Bill Self as well as nearly all of his assistants.
“I’m trying to get up there,” he said. “They’re always a powerhouse. They always have great players coming through like Andrew Wiggins, Paul Pierce and players like that.
He’s also sporting offers from schools such as Texas, Indiana, Georgetown and Virginia.
“I’m wide open,” he said. “I’m keeping my options open.”
Wake Forest is another school that has extended an offer to Johnson, and he hears from assistant coach Steve Woodberry often.
“They’re a great school too,” he said. “They’ve had legends like Chris Paul and Tim Duncan.”
He’s looking for a school that has a coaching staff with which he can build a strong, trusting relationship.
“I want coaches that will keep it honest with me, and push me to be the best I can be,” Johnson said. “I want them to keep it 100. I want them to get on me when I’m doing wrong, and let me know what I can do to get better.”