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Kentucky Freshman Star Keldon Johnson Announces NBA Draft Decision

Keldon Johnson of the Kentucky Wildcats drives to the rim.

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - JANUARY 22: Keldon Johnson #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on January 22, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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.

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.