Five-star small forward Jalen Johnson is one of the many blue-chip players whose recruitment has heated up in a big way in recent weeks. Johnson is one of the top available players in the 2020 class.
Last week, he announced the four schools he is focusing on. The Wisconsin native has his home state Badgers in the mix, as well as recruiting powers Arizona, Duke, and Kentucky.
Duke was dubbed the early favorite in the recruitment. 75-percent of the crystal ball picks have him ending up a Blue Devil, with the remaining 25-percent going to Wisconsin.
Of course, just one of those predictions have come in recent weeks, which picks Duke. This one is probably more wide open than it would appear.
Jalen Johnson conducted an interview with Tipton Edits, in which he broke down those top four programs, and how they’re approaching his recruitment.
The interview, which was done on Instagram, has been reuploaded to YouTube.
Johnson says he’d like to visit each of those four schools one more time before he makes a decision, which he believes will come in the next few months. He then went into detail on three of those programs.
“They basically said that I can create my legacy there, to be the first one-and-done to come out of Wisconsin, potentially be the highest draft pick to come out of Wisconsin. They said they want me to be different, to be the hometown hero.”
Johnson says he does feel some pressure to stay home, but others do tell him to make the best decision for he and his family.
“They were my dream school growing up. Like every other kid, they all have that one school they follow or one school that they love, but its the recruiting process right now, so I can’t show too much love to one school. People are going to make assumptions.”
“They see a lot of potential in me, and they compare me to other scorers they’ve had like (Brandon) Ingram, (Jayson) Tatum…
Johnson says he talks to Duke commit and fellow five-star Vernon Carey relatively often, which has to be a good sign for the Blue Devils, though it seems unlikely that the two will play together, if Carey is a one-and-done.
He didn’t dive too far in on Arizona, though he acknowledged the school remains in the four-team group. The Wildcats committed to keeping Sean Miller on as coach, after the college basketball trial has largely wrapped up, but that program definitely faces some complications moving forward. Johnson hasn’t touched on those issues though, so it is unclear what impact it may have.