Status: UK target
Shooting guard | 6-8 | 210
Last school: Pittsburgh
Hometown: Moon Township, Pa.
The 2017-18 Kentucky Wildcats will be a very young squad with the same championship expectations John Calipari’s teams always attract, and Cameron Johnson could give them some much-needed experience.
Johnson — a tall, slender perimeter player — announced recently that he would transfer from Pittsburgh after graduating from the school this spring. His designation as a grad transfer will allow Johnson to play immediately for his next college team, and a medical redshirt in the 2014-15 season means that Johnson will have two seasons of eligibility at his next stop.
Calipari is hoping that next stop is Lexington.
UK is one of several schools to extend a scholarship offer to Johnson, who averaged 11.9 points per game and made a total of 78 three-pointers (shooting 41.5 percent from long range) for the Panthers as a sophomore this past season.
Even with the commitment of high school sharpshooter Jemarl Baker this spring, the Cats could still use another outside threat for next season, and Johnson would be the most-experienced player on the team if he picks Kentucky.
UK’s competition for Johnson’s commitment includes Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, Ohio State and Texas Christian.
Johnson, who has a 3.9 GPA, was a two-time all-ACC academic team selection.
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Johnson was the No. 267 overall recruit nationally in the class of 2014, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, and he committed to play for nearby Pitt in April of his senior year of high school. He grew five inches late in his high school career, and he averaged about 28 points per game during his senior season.
Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 33.3 minutes per game for the Pitt Panthers last season.
Johnson is not expected to announce a college decision until May or June. He will be enrolled at Pitt through the remainder of the spring semester.