The Nike EYBL is taking place in Atlanta this weekend, where John Calipari and his staff are hard at work.
One of the top players competing there is Jalen Johnson, who is also one of Kentucky’s biggest targets in the Class of 2020.
It just so happens that Kentucky was Johnson’s dream school growing up (via Shawn Smith):
Jalen Johnson says Kentucky has been his dream school growing up. No. 3 player in the 2020 class. pic.twitter.com/EckbHlvVtO— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) April 27, 2019
Speaking to Rivals’ reporter Eric Bossi at a recent AAU event, Johnson said he doesn’t anticipate letting his recruitment drag on much longer and plans to have a decision in time for the November signing period. He also offered this on Kentucky:
”I kind of expected a main focus on basketball. Of course they put the focus on school, but the preparation and work they put in for basketball starting in June is kind of crazy. That’s what Coach (John) Calipari showed me and he said that I could come in right away and be a playmaker so that’s kind of his pitch. That hit deep.”
A five-star small forward from Sun Prairie (WI), Johnson scored an offer from Kentucky back in September of 2018. The 6-8, 215-pound Johnson is ranked third overall by 247 Sports Composite in addition to being the best small forward. He holds offers from the Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, Arizona Wildcats and Wisconsin Badgers among others.
Thus far, Duke and Wisconsin have been receiving crystal ball picks, but Kentucky is definitely a major player.
If Johnson does wind up committing later this summer when the Peach Jam takes place, perhaps it will be good news for Kentucky.
Check out some highlights of Johnson in action:
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