The Kentucky Wildcats are still in the running for Cameron Johnson.
Despite landing five-star wing Kevin Knox — who may actually play guard at UK — Johnson says UK is still on the table as he continues to take visits.
“Yes, Kentucky is still on the table,” Johnson told Adam Zagoria.
Johnson just wrapped up a visit to Arizona, who is viewed as UK’s biggest challenger for the Pitt grad transfer. He’s also going to visit UCLA and Oregon, both of whom have major roster holes that Johnson could help fill.
I still think this comes down to Arizona and UK, both of whom still have players deciding if they’ll be at said college next season or elsewhere. Johnson mentioned Arizona’s Rawle Alkins as someone he’s waiting to see what happens with.
Alkins is testing the NBA Draft waters. If he leaves, Johnson could take on a major role with an Arizona team that should be a preseason top-three squad. But if Alkins stays, it will be harder for Johnson to have a big role with those Wildcats.
The same goes with UK, who is waiting to see what Hamidou Diallo does. If Diallo stays, Johnson isn’t coming here. There would just be too many mouths to feed, which could put Johnson in a situation where he’s getting a Mychal Mulder-type role.
But if Diallo leaves, Johnson could quickly take on a Derek Willis-type role at UK next season. As we’ve said before, don’t expect Johnson to make a decision until around May 24th, the deadline to withdraw from the draft.