Keldon Johnson: Background

Background bullet points:

  • Hometown: Chesterfield, VA

    • JUST LIKE: Denny Hamlin (NASCAR), Devin Druid (actor)

  • High School: Oak Hill Academy (VA)

    • JUST LIKE: Carmelo Anthony, Michael Beasley, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo, Jerry Stackhouse, Stephen Jackson

  • Wildcat Doubts

    • When Johnson chose the Kentucky Wildcats it was against his father’s wishes. He preferred NC State or Maryland because his son would have “been the man from day one” but instead would have to “share the ball.”

    • Johnson is one of four Kentucky players with a usage rate between 20 and 25 percent

  • Jumped onto the Scene

    • As a younger player Johnson was not as heralded as guys like Cam Reddish and R.J. Barrett, but a big freshman year put him on the national radar

  • Kumbaya

    • Johnson has always dodged questions about who his best friend on the team is. “Everyone is like brothers. We are super close….our bond is crazy.”

  • Close to Home

    • Kentucky’s preseason trip to the Bahamas was Keldon Johnson’s first time out of the country. Prior to the trip he said “It’s going to be an amazing time.”

  • Surprise Commit

    • Johnson expected Ashton Hagans and Tyler Herro to commit to Kentucky. The surprise to him was EJ Montgomery, who was “all over the place” during recruitment.