High-scoring guard and prized recruit Johnny Juzang has set a decision date of which he’ll announce where his career in college basketball will be played.
On May 10th, we’ll know for sure what jersey Juzang will wear for the 2019-2020 season.
I will be making my college decision Friday, May 10th @ https://t.co/vnvAn0tg4I pic.twitter.com/C3nk2OIzsG— Johnny Juzang (@JohnnyJuzang) May 8, 2019
This news came right after 247 Sports recruiting director Evan Daniels predicted fellow 2019 recruit Jaden McDaniels to pick Kentucky, so this could be a massive week for the Wildcats if they land both recruits.
Like fellow 2020 recruit RJ Hampton, Juzang recently announced he’ll reclassify into the 2019 class. As the 32nd-ranked player in the 2020 class, per 247 Sports Composite, Juzang previously announced his “final four” schools and is left with the Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats, Oregon Ducks and Virginia Cavaliers.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari is on record calling Juzang a “winner.”
The talented recruit can shoot the ball from outside while also having the capability of blowing by defenders off the bounce and finishing at the rim. His outside shooting is what Kentucky badly needs for next season.
Juzang shot 43% from the field in each of his past two high school seasons, and in the 2018-19 season, he averaged 22.8 points per game.
At 6-6, Juzang can play the 2 or the 3 spots, which is big for a Kentucky team that just lost Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson to the NBA Draft, while Jemarl Baker Jr. has opted to transfer. Juzang is effectively a replacement for Baker if the four-star recruit does in fact pick the Cats.
Juzang was previously a five-star recruit, but he dropped in all three of the final rankings by ESPN, Rivals and 247 Spots. His highest ranking is 29th by ESPN, where he is actually ahead of 35th-ranked Keion Brooks.
And while Kentucky is a one-and-done factory, Juzang looks like someone who will be in Lexington for multiple seasons, but he could easily still have a big role next season when the Wildcats need a boost in the three-point shooting department.
All four schools are of course in play for the highly-regarded prospect, but Kentucky seems to be the favorite in this instance.
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