One of the last big decisions Kentucky is waiting on for next year’s team is Cameron Johnson.
The Pitt graduate transfer is one of, if not the most sought-after players right now, but it doesn’t appear he’s making a decision anytime soon.
Johnson told Brendan F. Quinn of mlive.com that a decision probably won’t come until sometime in May.
Johnson said he did not set up a visit date to Michigan, but that he hopes to do so soon. Much of the next two weeks, he noted, will be spent finishing the semester. Johnson is set to graduate on April 30. Between now and then, he might sneak in a visit here or there and do "a bit of a narrowing down." After graduation, he'll make the bulk of his campus visits.
It’s actually a smart decision for Johnson, being that so many of the schools he’s interested in still have major roster questions, which could affect his role on said team next season.
Johnson is well aware of all these dynamics. Asked if he could wait until late May to pick his school, he quickly said: "I could see that happening, definitely." If anything, he wants to see rosters settle as much as anyone else.
"At some schools, it changes the scholarship situations," Johnson said of players making draft decisions. "At other schools, it changes their personnel."
For Kentucky, guys like Kevin Knox, Mark Smith, Mo Bamba and Bam Adebayo could be on the roster next season, or they could be elsewhere. Depending on which of those guys comes/stays in Lexington, Johnson’s role could be greatly affected next season. He is looking for a team he can go on a deep NCAA Tournament run with while also having a major role.
This is actually great news for Kentucky, being that Knox won’t make a decision until late April or early May, while there’s no word when Smith will decide.
As it stands, Johnson is considering Kentucky, Michigan, Florida, South Carolina, Oregon and many others. I fully expect Kentucky to be one of the schools he actually takes a visit to.