In today’s basketball, shooting is a necessity, and Kentucky is showing interest in one of the best shooters in high school basketball, Tre Johnson.
Ranked as a top-five prospect in the 2024 class, Johnson has created a reputation as a pure shooting guard and an elite shooter, something that Kentucky will always welcome.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to watch Johnson and his shooting ability, and it is as good as advertised. On the weekend, Johnson was one of the leading scorers of the Louisville Nike EYBL session, averaging 19.6 points on an efficient 48% shooting from the field and 47% shooting from three, while also averaging nearly 4 made threes per game.
Johnson didn’t rely solely on his perimeter shooting, as he showed he was also comfortable utilizing his mid-range game. As for areas of improvement, Johnson needs to become a more confident ball handler and assist-maker, which will round out his all-around game.
Johnson has called Kentucky his “dream school”, and looks up to former UK guard, Tyrese Maxey, which puts Kentucky in the mix off principle this early on. Let’s recap what Johnson had to say about Kentucky and more in my interview with him.
You’ve said that Kentucky is one of the schools that you have been hearing a lot from lately. What have those communications been like?
“It’s been good just knowing that Kentucky is reaching out. They are saying that I am a player that can fit their style of play. It’s also good knowing that I can go to a place like Kentucky and be effective.”
How has the departure of Jai Lucas affected your recruitment? Who has taken over?
“No, but that is who I was mainly talking to. When he left, I started talking to another assistant coach, but I am not sure who it was, my dad didn’t tell me that.”
You’ve called Kentucky your “dream school”, why is that and what makes it so attractive?
“That was my favorite school when I was younger. I always wanted to go to Kentucky when I was younger. Then, Tyrese Maxey, we are from the same place, and I just looked up to him and wanted to go where he went. Right now, I am open to anywhere.”
Are you close with Tyrese (Maxey)? Has he talked to you about Kentucky?
“We don’t talk a lot, but we talk on occasion. He hasn’t said anything, we try not to get into that.”
You have said that you would rather receive constructive criticism than to be praised for how good you are, so what are you working to improve on?
Improving on my team defense. Helping rebound, even when our big man is there or is not there.
What factors are you looking at to help you make a decision?
“A place where they give their guards freedom. Let their guards play and let them do what they do in practice. A place that plays winning basketball, a team that wants to win.”
Does NIL play a large factor in your recruitment?
“No, not really. NIL is not the big picture. The big picture to me is to go to the NBA.”
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