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Keldon Johnson’s dad admits he did not want Kentucky Wildcats Basketball

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Keldon Johnson has signed with Kentucky, despite a push from his dad to do otherwise.

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The Kentucky Wildcats have received a national letter of intent from Keldon Johnson.

The five-star wing out of Oak Hill Academy picked UK on Saturday, just in time to sign during the early signing period.

Now that his recruitment is complete, UK can breath a sigh of relief, especially after Johnson’s father wasn’t exactly high on the Cats. In an interview with Cats Pause, Chris Johnson said Keldon made his decision "about a month ago" but Chris wasn’t sold that UK was the best place for his son.

"I was more for Maryland and N.C. State because they were local and he would have been the man from day one," Chris Johnson said. "We went back and forth but he was sold on Kentucky. That was where he really, really wanted to go. He just wanted to be part of that tradition."

You can’t blame Keldon’s father for wanting what’s best for his son and thinking UK might not be that.

Based on what we’ve seen from this year’s UK team, it’s clear there aren’t any sure-fire NBA one-and-dones, though the expectation is Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo will go pro.

But even if they do, UK could have Quade Green, Shai Alexander, Wenyen Gabriel, PJ Washington, Immanuel Quickley, Tyler Herro and Jemarl Baker all competing for playing time at guard and on the wing next season.

So yeah, you can’t fault Chris at all for thinking Keldon may have a tough time standing out next season in what’s shaping up to be a loaded roster, which may also include Zion Williamson.

Thankfully, Chris was the kind of parent who let his son make his own decision. We’ve seen plenty of instances in the past where a parent essentially forced his or her son to pick a different school (Marques Bolden).

That didn’t play out here, and UK now has an elite wing to go with their 2018 class.

Be sure to read the full interview here.