NBA Draft Spotlight: Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson has provided scoring punch for Kentucky all season long and remains the best long-term NBA prospect on the team.

Position: SG From: Kentucky Class/YOB: Freshman
Height: 6’6 Weight: 205 Wingspan: 6’9

Strengths:

  • Very good athlete. Possesses plus speed, quickness, and strength for a two guard. Often goes into college games as the best athlete on the court
  • Slashes to the rim where he is a relentless finisher. Constantly looking to get touches in the paint, whether it be off straight-line drives, quick dribbling moves, or getting out in transition
  • Has really progressed as a shooter throughout the season. He steps into jumpers from mid-range and three-point range, elevating into a one-motion shot. There have been multiple games where he led Kentucky in three-point shooting
  • Brings high-energy. His physical gifts definitely help, but he has the chance to be a plus NBA defender because of how hard he plays. It’s almost contagious how he competes, though he isn’t always the impact defender he has the potential to become
  • Should become a more creative scorer in time. Right now he has a raw handle, but when he keeps his dribble tight, he can get into his mid-range game and beat defenders with his athletic ability

Weaknesses:

  • A little bit of an underdeveloped handle. Limited to primarily crossovers and hesitations right now. Will become a better isolation scorer as his ball-handling progresses
  • Loves to push the pace and get going in transition, which leads to some quick shots and turnovers. He can be too excitable, which should be correctable as he mature
  • Defensive focus needs to improve throughout the game. Can be a victim of ball-watching, leading to defensive breakdowns
  • Has shot the ball well all year, but he’s not a high volume three shooter. To really maximize his potential, he will need to be able to consistently knock down those open looks from deep

Stats:

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG TPG FG% 3PT% FT%
13.7 5.7 1.5 0.7 0.1 1.7 47.3% 39.6% 70.5%

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