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Keldon Johnson drafted by Spurs

Johnson becomes the third Wildcat selected in this year’s NBA Draft.

Keldon Johnson Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

With the 29th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs have selected Keldon Johnson, who becomes the third Wildcat selected tonight.

This was later than Johnson was expected to go, as most experts projected him to be selected within the first 20 picks with an outside shot at being a lottery pick. Now it’s on Johnson to show NBA teams they made a mistake not taking him sooner.

As a true freshman, Johnson started in 36 of 37 games while averaging 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Both of those marks ranked third best on the team. He shot 46.1 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from long range, while draining 45 3-pointers on the year.

The real story was how well Johnson played when Kentucky was facing a big-time opponent. He averaged 14.6 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 48.9 percent in the Wildcats’ 12 matchups with Associated Press Top 25 teams.

Against eventual No. 1 seed North Carolina, Johnson scored 23 points, 16 of which came in the second half and made 4 of 7 shots from beyond the arc.

Best of luck to Johnson as the NBA dream begins.

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