As we are expecting all waiting for several Kentucky Wildcats to make announcements about their departures for the NBA, a different kind of announcement came today in the form of a transfer. Rising sophomore guard Johnny Juzang has officially entered the transfer portal.
Juzang averaged 2.9 points per game and shot 32.6% from three-point range while playing 12.3 points per game this season, but that was not the entire story. Juzang played a key role down the stretch for Kentucky, having big games at Tennessee (13 points) and Florida (10 points in 33 minutes). Juzang played without fear and did whatever was asked of him this season.
However, it seems like Juzang wants to be a little closer to home. The California native reclassified from 2020 to 2019 to attend college early and moved all the way across the country to play at Kentucky. A la Jemarl Baker, it seems he wants to move back out west.
Looking at the landscape for next year, Juzang may have lots of opportunities at Kentucky. It looks as though the cupboard may be bare for returning back court players, and he could take on a leadership role with the young talent coming in. But perhaps he knows something we do not (i.e. transfers coming in) that could impact his playing time.
Juzang is the first Asian American player to ever suit up in Kentucky. From all accounts, he seemed to do everything the right way and represent himself well at every opportunity. While you would love to see a shooter like him come back for another year (or two or three), you have to hope he finds success wherever he lands.