It would appear the Kentucky Wildcats have an unexpected backcourt option in 2022.
Dior Johnson, the No. 1 point guard in his class, just announced his final five, and it surprisingly included Kentucky. He was previously committed to Syracuse but decommitted in November of 2020.
The 6-3, 180-pound Johnson plays at Centennial High School in California and is ranked No. 3 overall in 2022 by 247 Sports. He currently holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss, TCU and Western Kentucky among others.
Oddly enough, Johnson’s offer list does not include Kentucky, Oregon or Washington.
There’s been no public news regarding Kentucky and Johnson to this point other than members of John Calipari’s staff watching the top-10 recruit several times during the 2019 AAU circuit. Since there was no AAU ball in 2020 due to COVID-19, perhaps Kentucky was able to keep this recruitment quiet until now.
Regardless of what’s really going on, there’s no question Johnson is an elite recruit any school would want. However, it’s possible Johnson never makes it to a college campus and instead plays professionally somewhere before entering the 2013 NBA Draft.
Here is what 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer had to say about Johnson, which includes a comparison to former Wildcats star De’Aaron Fox.
“Good length and stature for a point guard. Quick athlete with superb body control. Has tremendous instincts as a driver and passer. Delivers the difficult pass. Finishes the difficult shot. High level lay up maker. Has multiple fade away moves to his right shoulder. Shoots the ball well enough to be considered a three-level scorer. Has potential to rebound his position well and be a dangerous versatile defender. Has bounced around to multiple high school which some view as a yellow flag.”
Now, check out some highlights of Johnson in action.