When new Maryland assistant Kevin Broadus was at Georgetown, one of his foremost 2018 recruit targets was Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) shooting guard Keldon Johnson. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound four-star is a DMV native who grew up in the shadows of D.C., which is Broadus’ stomping ground and recruiting forte.
So, when Broadus was hired at UMD earlier in April, he ended up convincing head coach Mark Turgeon to extend an offer to Johnson as well.
“Man, it meant a lot to get that offer. Definitely, Coach Broadus helps with that one,” said Johnson, who also has looks from Georgetown, UConn, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, UVA, Va Tech, Texas, Oregon and Xavier. “Coach Broadus is a great coach, and obviously he knows my brother very well, because he recruited him to Georgetown. I’ve known [Broadus] for like four years now because of my brother. He and I talk all the time, and he talks to my dad a lot too. We don’t always talk about basketball, either, just because we’ve known each other so long. It’s a real good relationship.”
Beyond the Broadus rapport, Johnson is familiar with the Maryland program. He’s been in College Park, Md., twice before, although not recently.
“Maryland is a great place from what I remember, and it’s obviously a great basketball program,” Johnson said. “They’ve developed some great players there, and they’re always ranked. I’m just now getting to know the coaching staff, but I definitely want to get up there for a visit. I’m talking about when I can get up with my family now.”
Turgeon and Co. just watched Johnson go off for Boo Williams in the Nike EYBL in Hampton, Va., April 21-23. The four-star averaged over 25 points and nine rebounds a game, justifying the Maryland offer.
Thanks to his performance, Johnson also earned new verbals from UConn and NC State.
“Definitely those were big offers for me,” Johnson said. “They’re great schools and the coaches said I’d fit in well there. I’d like to visit both NC State and UConn and see how the campus is and how the facilities are.”
But for now Johnson may be honing in on some of his longtime pursuers. Texas and Oregon are two programs whose coaches have been pressing for Johnson for some time.
“Texas has done a great job and is in touch a lot. I talk to them all the time. That’s a school that’s been there for me and it’s a great relationship with them. I was down at Texas once too, and the campus was nice and I really liked it there,” Johnson said. “And Oregon talks to me a lot as well, like three, four time a week. I’ll see if I can make it out there for an official visit.”
Additionally, Johnson said he hears most often from coaches from UVA and Va Tech. And now he’s in consistent contact with Maryland, UConn and NC State.
“But I’m pretty much open to anything,” Johnson said. “I mean, there are some schools I like like Texas, Maryland, Oregon and some others, but I’m open to all offers.”
Johnson is unsure what schools he’ll be trekking to next. He said he’ll see what happens the rest of this spring, gauge what offers come in and which staffs stay in contact, and then determine where to visit.
“And I have no idea when I want to commit,” Johnson said. “I honestly can’t tell you. It’s still early for me, and I’m taking everything in.”