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Keon Johnson performs well in Dallas - Three schools have been actively recruiting him

By Pat Lawless, 05/01/19, 3:30PM EDT


Keon Johnson talks about his game and more

Keon Johnson is one of the most talented prospects on the Adidas Gauntlet. The class of 2020 wing is very explosive and fills it up, but is also a big-time defender. He takes pride in bringing the same intensity he has on the offensive end to the defensive end.

“I want to be able to stop someone as well as score it,” Johnson said. “If you can’t defend, then what good is it?”

He watches Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard the most to develop his game.

“Kawhi Leonard because he is the best defender in the league and he can really score it as well,” said Johnson.

So far, he has on official visits to Virginia, Tennessee, Auburn, and Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt has hired a new Head Coach in Jerry Stackhouse. He has already reached out to Johnson since getting the job.

“Yes, he just told me they are going to recruit me and other top guys,” said Johnson. “Other than that we haven’t talked that much more.”

Tennessee has been very active in recruiting the EAB Basketball standout. Johnson and the coaching staff have developed a close relationship.

“They really feel like I’m a good fit in their system and it’s somewhat close to home,” he said. “It wouldn’t be too much of a long drive for me and my family.”

Johnson wasn’t surprised to see the Virginia Cavaliers win the NCAA Championship this year. He got a behind the scenes look at their program on his official visit.

“I kind of expected them to go pretty far in the tournament and Tony Bennett is a great guy and coaches his guys up very well,” Johnson said. “Their championship this year clearly proves that.”

Other programs such as Ohio State and Indiana have reached out recently. As the recruiting process progresses, Johnson is looking for his best fit.

“Me just being able to fit in because I don’t want to go somewhere where I don’t have to work outside of myself,” he said. “I just want to make an immediate impact as soon as I step on campus.”