Posted On: 02/6/17 1:06 PM
Tampa, Fla.- Keldon Johnson is making a statement this year at Huntington Prep, leading them to a 16-3 record, including wins over Oldsmar Christian (Fla.), Victory Rock (Fla.) and Prolific Prep (Cal.).
I spoke with Johnson briefly after HP’s win over OCS and a little bit about how he’s approaching the season.
“Season is going pretty well,” Johnson said. “We started off a little bit slow, losing three games early in the season, everyone is starting to play as a team now though, and it’s all coming together.”
A consensus top 30 player in the nation, Johnson has drawn a sizable amount of interest from blue bloods all over the country.
“Kansas, Ohio State, Georgetown, Texas, Kentucky is really interested,” Johnson said. “It’s all leveled out right now. It’s all even at the moment. I don’t have any scheduled right now, I think I’m going to schedule soon, but I’m not sure yet.”
As for what he’s looking for in a program, Johnson believes that he’s looking for the best fit from a work ethic standpoint.
“I’m just going to look at what colleges fit me best,” Johnson said. “Going to look at what coach will push me the hardest so I can get to the next level. I think I’m a high energy player, I play defense, I make my teammates better.”
Huntington Prep has quite a legacy behind it, and Johnson says he believes that playing with other great players is a precursor for him playing in college.
“Playing (at Huntington Prep), you play with a lot of other great players,” Johnson said. “You don’t have to do everything by yourself. I can go out and score 18 or 19, have a couple assists, rebound the ball and have a great game. It just makes you better and develops you as a player.”
Having played on the Nike Circuit last year with Boo Williams 16s last year, Johnson said that also helped his mindset.
“Nike circuit was crazy,” Johnson said. “You play against the best competition, it’s crazy. You have to come out and play every night, if you don’t, you might not get a win.”
If there is any player out there that wants to see what a guard needs to do to be considered a high motor athlete, just sit down and watch Keldon Johnson.