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Five schools remain in contention for five-star Keldon Johnson

COLORADO SPRINGS – Keldon Johnson has been a relatively well-followed prospect since his underclassman years, but things have really ramped up following his dominating performances on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer. During his time at the USA Basketball Trials, Johnson remained a productive threat as he nears his college decision.

A 6-foot-6 wing that is known primarily for his scoring prowess, Johnson was one of the top standouts from Colorado Springs.

“I narrowed it down to five schools so I am coming down the home stretch,” he said. “Maryland, Texas, Kentucky, NC State and Florida State are all involved.”

NOTE: What USA Basketball players were saying about each other



Florida State: “They are just telling me that they can get me to the league and that I can be their main guy right away. If my schedule allows for it, I do want to visit Florida State.”

NC State: “They think that I can come in right away and help their program drastically but also put a lot of pieces around me.”

Texas: “I have a great relationship with coach (Shaka) Smart and coach (Mike) Morrell, which goes a long way. They think I can come in and have the chance to start right away; they can help me get to where I want to go.”

Kentucky: “They are very honest and very straightforward. They are telling me what I have to do to get better and to get to the next level. They are just telling me to keep working and to just do what I do; to play to my strengths and work on my weaknesses.”

Maryland: “Great program and great history. They have awesome coaches and awesome players. The visit was amazing. It was definitely something that stood out to me especially being there with a few of their other guys.”


Johnson is set firmly on his final five and while he could potentially take his final official visit to Florida State, the end may be near.

“It is just coming down the home stretch with my recruitment. I would say I do want to sign early as of now,” he said. “After me and my father talk in the next few days, hopefully we can get something done.”


Ask a handful of the top analysts in the business and you might receive four or five different responses as to where Johnson might attend college. Texas was the perceived leader for some time but Kentucky, NC State and Maryland have each made up ample ground. Expect for a signing in November as any of his finalists have more than a solid chance at landing his commitment.