U of L will hire IU assistant Kenny Johnson

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has a new assistant coach. Pitino is expected to announce the hiring of former Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson sometime this week. Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels confirmed the hiring of Johnson late Monday evening.

Rick Pitino has a new assistant coach.

The Hall of Fame University of Louisville basketball coach is expected to announce the hiring of former Indiana University assistant coach Kenny Johnson, who has been a hot commodity in recent weeks.

Johnson, who spent two seasons at Indiana, is expected to be named later this week to replace Kevin Keatts, who left the U of L staff recently to take the head coaching position at UNC-Wilmington.

Johnson is expected to be on the road recruiting this weekend for the Cardinals during the only evaluation period of the spring. Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels first confirmed the hiring through a source, while another source confirmed it to Cardinal Authority late Monday evening.

U of L has not announced the hiring.

Considered one of the top recruiters in the country, Johnson helped the Hoosiers land as many as five top 100 players in the past two classes.

A native of Oxon Hill, Md., Johnson was the associate head coach at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., prior to taking an assistant coaching position at Towson University. He left after one season to take the position at Indiana.

But Johnson had also been previously at several other high schools in the D.C.-area and he served six years as vice president/assistant director of basketball operations of Team Takeover and head coach of its 16 and under age group.

Team Takeover is an elite Nike-sponsored travel basketball team that participates in Nike's EYBL league.

Indiana signed Victor Oladipo and Maurice Creek, who were two players that Johnson worked with during his time with Team Takeover.

And then once at IU, Johnson helped the Hoosiers strengthen their recruiting in the mid-Atlantic and New England areas. Indiana signed Noah Vonleh, a projected lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft, Troy Williams, Stan Robinson and Robert Johnson during his two seasons.

Now, Johnson is a member of the U of L staff.

"Johnson is one of the best young recruiting assistants in the country," Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels said. "He's had recruiting success at every college stop he's had.

"Johnson is very tied in with the D.C. area but he's also built strong relationships throughout the country and relates well with the players. He's a terrific recruiter and coach."


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