In a move that was expected, Kentucky freshman star Keldon Johnson is officially staying in the NBA Draft. The program confirmed the news this morning.
Johnson is one of two Wildcat freshmen going the one-and-done route. Tyler Herro, who announced his decision yesterday, is the other.
In his lone season at UK, Johnson averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. He also connected on 38 percent of his three-point attempts and shot 70 percent from the free-throw line.
Johnson is pegged as a potential lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
It's his time. Keldon Johnson is officially staying in the NBA Draft and forgoing his remaining eligibility at Kentucky. There are few people who love this game as much as he does nor work as hard at it. We know he's got a long career ahead of him. Make us proud, KJ.#DreamBIG pic.twitter.com/vlQ9oomPCt
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) April 17, 2019
Kentucky is also losing forward P.J. Washington to the NBA after two years in Lexington, and graduate transfer forward Reid Travis is out of eligibility.
Still, the Wildcats will be loaded in 2019-20. Guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley are back, and Kentucky welcomes a stellar recruiting class that includes five-star small forwards Kahlil Whitney and Keion Brooks and five-star guard Tyrese Maxey.
Bucknell grad transfer Nate Sestina is also Kentucky-bound, as is four-star in-state prospect Dontaie Allen.