The Kentucky Wildcats remain in the hunt for Pitt grad transfer Cameron Johnson, and it looks like he’s visiting very soon.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Johnson will begin his visit to UK on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh transfer Cameron Johnson told ESPN he will visit Kentucky on Wednesday.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 25, 2017
This is great news for UK, who is already losing Bam Adebayo, Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Monk to the NBA Draft, as well as Dominique Hawkins, Mychal Mulder and Derek Willis to graduation. That’s nearly all of their scoring production from last season, and that’s something Johnson specializes in, especially from deep.
Last season with Pitt, Johnson averaged 11.9 points per game to go with 41.5-percent shooting from behind three-point range. He finished fifth in the ACC in three-point percentage and eighth in three-point field goals (2.36 per game).
Johnson is a rare type of grad transfer since he would be eligible to play right away wherever he goes, and he’ll have two years of eligibility after receiving a medical redshirt for the 2014-15 season.
I think it’s possible Johnson commits during the visit, but it’s more likely he takes the rest of his visits and waits until later in May to decide. It’s always good to get the first visit in though, and I would bet on UK winning this battle, which includes Arizona, Oregon, TCU, UCLA and Ohio State.
It’s also safe to think the possibility of Hamidou Diallo staying in the NBA Draft makes UK even more attractive. The Diallo decision, which doesn’t have to come until May 24th at the latest, may be another reason for Johnson to make a decision later next month.