Johnson On NC State's Radar

WESTFIELD, In. -- One of the best guards in the country through the first two live periods has been Huntington Prep wing Keldon Johnson. Playing with Boo Williams in the Nike EYBL, Johnson exploded during the first April live period in front of the coaches as he's drawn significant attention.

One of the best guards in the country through the first two live periods has been Huntington Prep wing Keldon Johnson. Playing with Boo Williams in the Nike EYBL, Johnson exploded during the first April live period in front of the coaches as he's drawn significant attention.

N.C. State has been active recruiting Johnson, including calls from head coach Kevin Keatts and his assistants.

"Yes, definitely. A lot," Johnson said when asked about N.C. State's frequent contact.

"They said that they think I can help their program a lot. And they think I definitely fit in. And they think I can do great things there. I talk to all of their coaches. They seem like a great coaching staff."

Johnson is taking his time during the recruiting process after being overwhelmed with calls during the previous week. Bursting on the scene strong during the first live-period event in Hampton, Johnson continued to play well in Indianapolis, as he's averaged 21.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game through eight games this spring. 

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"Being patient about it. It's a slow process right now. It's probably evened out from last weekend. Everyone is even right now," Johnson said of recruiting.

""It was a lot more attention. It was a lot. My phone was blowing off the hook. It felt good but the key was staying focused. Keep in mind what my ultimate goal is."

While Johnson has shown a touch for scoring, he's also trying to prove to college coaches that he can help in every facet of the game. One area Johnson has shown some progress is defensively as he's one of the EYBL's leaders in steals at 1.9 per contest.

"All the college coaches know I can score really well. The thing is, I want the college coaches to know that I can do more than score. I can do it all," Johnson said. "Whatever it takes to win. If I've gotta get that rebound for us to get over the top then that's what I have to do."

Part of the reason that Johnson has made the transition into a national performer is his move to Huntington Prep. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Johnson appears to be in great shape this spring as he's playing some of he best ball of his high school career.

"It was a great move. They developed me as a player, they developed my body. They did an awesome job," Johnson said.

"My jump shot has gotten a lot better. Everyone is knowing me for scoring the basketball. Now it's the play making aspect of the game. So, making my teammates better so that we can win games."

Johnson and Boo Williams will play in two more Nike EYBL stops outside of Atlanta in Los Angeles during May as the four-star prospect tries to continue his climb up the national rankings.


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