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5-Star Forward Addresses Recruitment Rumors

A general view of Duke's basketball court.

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 08: A general view of the Davidson Wildcats verus Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 8, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jalen Johnson, a five-star wing in the 2020 class, is closing in on a decision. The Wisconsin native rolled out his final four programs just over a month ago.

Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, and Wisconsin remain in contention. By all accounts, the Blue Devils are the heavy favorite there though.

Currently, Duke sits at 93-percent of the votes in 247Sports' crystal ball. Wisconsin has the remaining predictions there.

When asked, Jalen Johnson said he has no idea why Duke is such a big presumptive favorite.

He said that anyone asserting that he had one school standing above the other three is wrong, and that he hasn't let on about where he may be leaning.

From the Lexington Herald Leader:

Johnson maintains he doesn’t have a favorite.

“I see it. I don’t really pay attention to that though,” he said. “Because no one knows what’s going on in my mind. I know what’s going on. People can make assumptions on what they think. But, at the end of the day, I’m the one that knows, and I’m the one that’s going to make the decision.”

Johnson said he also doesn’t know the source of all this Duke buzz.

“I have no clue, to be honest,” he said. “I don’t show any favoritism, at least that I think. As far as (social media) posts and stuff, I feel like I show the equal amount of love. … So I don’t know where that came from.”

In a May interview, Johnson actually called Kentucky his "dream school" growing up, though he insisted that that doesn't make UK the favorite either. He said that Duke compared him to former Blue Devil wing scorers like Jayson Tatum, while Wisconsin sold him on the chance to be the first one-and-done Badger and to leave a legacy in his home state.

He doesn't have a definite timetable yet, but it sounds like he's aiming to pick a school this summer.

Johnson is ranked No. 4 overall by 247. He's the No. 1 small forward in the class.

[Lexington Herald Leader]