One of the biggest moments for Tennessee basketball during the 2020 cycle will come on August 6th, when four-star in-state guard Keon Johnson will make his college choice. Tennessee has been considered the leader for the duration of the process for the shooting guard out of Bell Buckle.
Now with just over a week left before decision day, Johnson has narrowed his options down to just two schools — Tennessee and Ohio State. Johnson has eliminated the Virginia Cavaliers, according to this update from HoopSeen TV.
“I’m out on Virginia,” Johnson told HoopSeen TV. He pointed to the recent commitment of Jabri Abdur-Rahim to the Cavaliers as why.
Johnson is 6-foot-5, 180 pounds. He’s the 31st ranked player in the class of 2020, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. Johnson is the top ranked player in the state of Tennessee. With Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner set to exit the program after this season, Johnson could walk directly into the starting five in Knoxville.
When asked if Johnson was feeling the pressure from family and friends to stay local, Johnson shrugged off the idea. “Distance doesn’t really play a factor in my recruitment,” Johnson said. “It’s basically up to me to make the decisions.”
Tennessee holds eight crystal ball projections for Johnson, according to 247 Sports. The Vols currently hold one commitment in their 2020 class, coming from five-star wing Corey Walker.