When it comes to the 2018-19 Kentucky Wildcats, three-point shooting is a hot topic.
After all, that was a big issue last season that helped prevent those Cats from reaching their full potential. The hope is that’s been fixed with the addition of Tyler Herro and Immanuel Quickley, two of the best shooters in the Class of 2018.
You’ve also got Quade Green returning for his sophomore season after shooting 37.6-percent from deep, albeit on just 1.2 makes on 3.2 attempts per game.
One name that’s not been mentioned much in terms of who could help in this area is Keldon Johnson.
The five-star wing out of Oak Hill Academy was the seventh-ranked overall recruit in 2018 by ESPN, and he’s expected to be a major player this coming season, not to mention a likely starter.
However, one of the knocks on his scouting report was shooting:
He rarely looks to shoot from behind the arc and needs to become more consistent in that area. His touch and rotation is fine but he’s an arm shooter who needs to condense his release.
That’s not to say Johnson can’t shoot, but it’s not an area he was expected to be great at in college.
Well, according to John Calipari, Johnson has been great so far. In an interview on Kentucky Sports Radio, Calipari gushed over the potential of Johnson, including his shooting.
“Right now, if you asked me the most consistent shooter we’ve had, it’s been Keldon,” Cal said. “He’s been the most consistent.”
Calipari continued to gush over Johnson, saying, “I knew he’d be good, but I didn’t realize that he has the chance to be this good.”
Johnson has even been getting some run at point guard, which actually shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Johnson is as complete of a player in the 2018 class as you’ll find. He does seemingly everything well, including ball-handling and passing, so he could absolutely give UK some minutes at the point if called upon.
The more you listen to Calipari talk about Johnson, the more it sounds like he may very well be UK’s best player next season.
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