Tennessee Volunteers standout guard Keon Johnson has introduced his intention to declare for the 2021 NBA Draft, hiring an agent and foregoing his remaining NCAA eligibility, per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Previous to starring for Tennessee, Johnson was a 5-star recruit from Bell Buckle, TN. After a formidable freshman season that noticed him named to the SEC All-Freshman (1st Team), NBA groups will know what to anticipate from the Johnson however they’ll even be banking on his youth as motive to consider he can proceed to enhance.
The extremely athletic two-way participant, averaged 11.3 factors per recreation in 2020-21, the second-highest mark on the Volunteers behind freshman guard Jaden Springer’s 12.5 factors per recreation.
Per Givony, Johnson is the sixth general prospect in ESPN’s Prime 100, as he has elite upside; the 19-year-old excels as a finisher and has the potential to be a lockdown defender as properly.
What could also be most fascinating about Johnson’s rise is a knee harm that prompted him to come back off the bench in 10 of Tennessee’s first 11 video games. Johnson not confirmed loads of resolve to make it by means of an hostile scenario however held himself accountable.
“As soon as I get comfy and right into a groove I perceive the totally different expectations which might be given,” Johnson stated. “Not beginning or not enjoying as a lot early within the season didn’t trouble me as a result of I knew I wanted to develop so I took that upon myself to make that change.”
Johnson would finish ending the season beginning 17 video games for the Volunteers, as he helped Tennessee make the NCAA event as a fifth seed.