Another commitment for next season means yet another talented option on the perimeter for John Calipari, who appears to be building a roster well-suited to the “positionless” brand of basketball that he’s been pitching for the past few years.
Four-star prospect Johnny Juzang — a 6-foot-6 scorer from the Los Angeles area — joined UK’s recruiting class of 2019 on Friday, capping off a whirlwind few weeks that included an in-home visit from Calipari, a Kentucky scholarship offer, an announcement that he was reclassifying from 2020, an official visit to Lexington, and — after all that — the actual pledge to the Wildcats.
“The thing that sticks out about Johnny is his ability to score and shoot,” 247Sports analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “He’s got good size for the position. He shoots the ball well on the move. He can make mid-range pull-ups. He’s got good range on his jump shot. He’s a scorer. He can put the ball in the basket, and that’s his best attribute.”
247Sports ranks Juzang as the No. 30 overall player in the 2019 class. Rivals.com pegs him as the No. 34 player in that group. Analysts are in agreement that he should be a college-ready scorer for the Cats after averaging 23.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for Harvard Westlake (Calif.) this past season.