Keyontae Johnson to visit Minnesota this June

The first player that Minnesota Head Coach Richard Pitino saw this open period was 6-foot-5 shooting guard Keyontae Johnson of Norfolk, Virginia (plays for IMG Academy in Florida).

Over the weekend Keyontae Johnson helped Boo Williams to a 4-0 record in their first weekend of EYBL competition.  In four games Johnson made all but one of his foul shots, scored 7-8 a game (double figures vs Time United and Southern Stampede), and grabbed four rebounds a contest. 

Five star teammate Keldon Johnson was EYBL MVP after a 25 point per game average plus Aundre Hyatt was a beast as well so Johnson is on a very talented team.  And this year they expect success.

“Our team is talented and we play at a great tempo that others couldn’t match,” said Johnson.   “We have really bonded together as a group so we are playing better right now as we know how to play with one another.”

Boo Williams is ranked 14th in the nation for 17U teams in the Prep Hoops AAU rankings meaning they are about a top 6-8 team in the EYBL at the moment.  The goals for this group are big.

“I hope to get more scholarship offers and I hope that we can win the Peach Jam this year,” Johnson stated.

Keyontae has a nice list of offers.  Minnesota, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and Providence are among the schools that have extended.  Many of the schools saw Johnson play with the extremely talented IMG Academy program out of Florida this winter.

“IMG has helped me get more exposure, helped me get my name out there, and has also helped me play against some of the top guards,” Keyontae said.  “We’ve learned there from some former college coaches so it helps in both basketball and school wise.”

Johnson recently visited Georgia Tech and Minnesota was down to watch him play in late March.  Richard Pitino went to Florida to see Keyontae play missing some Minnesota State Tournament games so you know Johnson is important. 

Therefore it’s no surprise that Pitino and assistant Ben Johnson were front and center for the first Boo Williams game last Friday.

“My relationship with Minnesota is really good,” Johnson said.  “Coach Pitino and I, we talk a lot.  We have a great bond together so I really like him and the Minnesota program.

“I like the way Minnesota plays and they are getting better every year.  I like the way they run and change the tempo but I also like the way they create in the halfcourt.”

Johnson hopes to visit Minnesota at the start of the summer.

“I think around June I will get out to see some schools, Texas Tech and Minnesota for sure, and others that want to see me,” Keyontae said.

Keyontae is a wide open recruit right now and is just looking for the right fit.

“I’m looking for a coach that is accomplished, I’m looking for a chance at early playing time, and I want a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament and compete for championships,” said Johnson.

Keyontae refers to himself as a quiet kid and his role model on the court is Kawhi Leonard.  His nickname is “Red”.

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