It certainly seems that the Wizards, who are currently without a general manager, are interested in taking Johnson with the ninth-overall pick. However, taking him that high may be a bit of a stretch. Most projections have Johnson falling just out of the lottery into the high teens/low 20s. Sports Illustrated ranks him as the 17th best prospect in June’s NBA Draft.
A stellar workout can go a long way in a team’s ultimate decision on who they are drafting. Johnson is a streaky shooter and can use momentum to his advantage. So there could definitely be a scenario where he lights it up in his workout with Washington to the point where they give him some serious consideration. His size and skill set are both highly desirable at the professional level.
It will be especially interesting to see what the Wizards do considering they currently have no GM. Ernie Grunfeld was dismissed back on April 2nd. Washington has taken their time so far with the search to find Grunfeld’s replacement. It seems doubtful that will be done by the time the draft is here.
If Johnson can somehow slide into the top 10, it would continue Calipari’s streak of having a player selected in the top 10 of every NBA draft since arriving at UK.
Would you like to see Keldon Johnson team up with John Wall in Washington?