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Johnny Juzang Is Officially A Cat

May 10, 2019

Johnny Juzang, a four-star shooting guard/small forward from Studio City, California, made it official Friday, as he chose to play for UK and John Calipari over reigning National Champion Virginia. Here’s a timelne of the Juzang recruitment, which has been a whirlwind up to his decision today to play for Kentucky. Juzang was visited by John Calipari and Joel Justus in California on April 19th, reclassified to the 2019 class on April 24th, narrowed his final four schools to Kentucky, Virginia, Oregon, and Kansas, officially visited UK on April 29th, and set his announcement date of May 10th two days ago.

Juzang has been rated a 4 and 5-star prospect at different times and ranks around 30th over-all in the 2019 class. He is a rising prospect and has developed his all around game tremendously over the past year. He has a smooth touch from all areas on the court and can knock down shots with range. He has recently improved his strength, putting on about 20 pounds, and is finishing around the rim with ease. He has a highly skilled game and is a welcome addition to the Wildcat roster for next year. Much like recently departed players such as Tyler Herro, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Devin Booker, Juzang has great size for a perimeter player, handles it well, finishes well, and can shoot it from anywhere. He is also ranked in a similar position in his class to those players.

The addition of Juzang adds to an already deep and talented class, which still may not be done. With Juzang’s commitment alone, Kentucky will likely jump to the top of the class rankings, over-taking Duke and Arizona. Kentucky will have 4 of the top 32 prospects and another top 100 player in Dontaie Allen. Also added to the mix, Nate Sestina, the grad-transfer from Bucknell. As I mentioned earlier, Calipari is likely not yet done adding to next year’s roster, as many have predicted Jaden McDaniels, a top 10 player in 2019, to UK in the last few days. As with pervious players similar to Juzang, you hope to have him around for 2-3 years, but you never know what a player with his talents can do in one year at UK. The BBN will surely be happy that Juzang has come aboard, though, and will look forward to seeing him in the blue and white in less than six months.

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