Status: UK commitment
Guard/forward | 6-6 | 205
School: Oak Hill Academy
Hometown: South Hill, Va.
Kentucky’s coaches were already very familiar with Johnson before extending a scholarship offer during a campus visit in August.
Johnson played his junior season at nearby Huntington (W.Va.) Prep — taking a couple of unofficial visits to UK during his time there — and transferred to Oak Hill Academy in his home state of Virginia for his final season of high school.
A versatile, 6-6 wing, Johnson is one of the best perimeter scorers in the 2018 recruiting class and brings great energy and athleticism to both ends of the court. He’s also an unselfish player and a terrific rebounder for his size. He ranked in the top 15 in scoring and rebounding on the Nike circuit this past summer.
“He’s a high-level scorer. He’s a high-level competitor,” Scout.com’s Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “He’s aggressive. He attacks. He plays hard with very good energy. He competes on the defensive end, and he’s a really good athlete.
“He’s going to be a terrific college player. … I love watching him play just because of how hard he plays.”
Johnson was recruited by Texas Coach Shaka Smart going back to middle school, but he chose Kentucky over the Longhorns and fellow finalists Maryland and North Carolina State during the early signing period.
Johnson averaged 20.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer, and he was one of the top 10 scorers in the highly competitive league.
“He wants to be a pro as quick as he can, but he’s not going to rush it. I don’t think he’s going to be one of those guys that makes a mistake and says, ‘I’m outta here,’ after one year. If he’s not ready, I think he’ll go back to college another year. Whatever it takes him to get to where he wants to get to.”
-Oak Hill Coach Steve Smith