After Kentucky Wildcats basketball head coach John Calipari and his staff met with Class of 2020 recruit Johnny Juzang today, the program has officially offered Juzang for the 2020-2021 season, per his AAU team.
Kentucky joins Kansas, UCLA, USC and Virgina as the fifth team to offer the five star recruit. Juzang is also the 11th player in the 2020 class to receive an offer from Kentucky, though the expectation now is that Juzang will move into the 2019 class.
Though it’s considerably early, the Wildcats’ interest in Juzang is wildly intriguing. The 2020 recruit currently ranks as the 21st-best player in his class and, more specifically, the sixth-best small forward.
“He’s a good-sized wing with impressive scoring ability,” recruiting expert Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “I think, long term, he’s going to develop into a really good long-range shooter. He can score. And that’s what he brings to the table is just a natural knack for scoring.”
With a surplus of small forwards already signed for the 2019-2020 season, the program clearly has recognized the notion that basketball is transitioning away from star point guards and more so diverse players on the wing.
With Jemarl Baker now out the of the picture, Juzang is someone who can play shooting guard a lot, which would likely be his role if he joins Kentucky for next season. It’s no coincidence that Kentucky scheduled a meeting with Juzang on the same day Baker announced he was going to transfer.
Ironically, both players are from California. Hopefully, Juzang will have more success if he makes the cross-country trip to Lexington to play college ball.
Here are some highlights from Juzang during the AAU circuit last summer: