Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Four star, 6’5” shooting guard and two time Tennessee Mr. Basketball, Keon Johnson, announces his commitment to The University of Tennessee. Johnson had narrowed his list down to the final two: Tennessee and Ohio State, before ultimately deciding to stay home and commit to the Vols.
Johnson made his announcement at his church, Bird St. Church of Christ, in Shelbyville, TN in front of his friends and family. August 6th was a significate date for Keon, as it was the anniversary of the date his cousin passed away.
This is a huge pick up for the Vols, Johnson comes into his senior season at The Webb School (Bell Buckle, TN) as the no. 1 over ranked player in the state of Tennessee for the 2020 class, and no. 31 ranked player in the nation. It’s a great sign for the state of the basketball program to be able to close the borders and not let in-state talent like this slip away, which hasn’t always been the case in Tennessee Athletics.
In a recent interview with HoopSeen TV, Keon was asked what was intriguing about the Vols, he immediately gave high praise to Coach Barnes.
“Coach Barnes is a great coach,” Johnson said, “he’s very hard on his guys, but he loves his guys as well.”
Johnson will fit right into the hardworking culture that Rick Barnes has created here at Tennessee. Johnson is a high motor player who prides himself on playing both sides of the ball. At the recent USA Junior Nation camp held in Colorado Spring, which Keon took home the camp MVP award, he had this to say about his time at the camp.
“I just want the coaches, and everyone, to know that I play hard every minute, every second that I am on the court.”
Johnson, who is an explosive athlete, said he used this summer and AAU basketball season mainly to refine his outside shooting. Pair that with help from Rick Barnes and the rest of the staff, the potential is limitless for Keon Johnson.
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