Elite Vols Target Turns Heads at Camp

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    Wednesday saw the beginning of one of the more prestigious annual high school basketball camps — the NBPA Top 100 Camp. The camp tipped off at John Paul Jones Arena on the campus of the University of Virginia on Wednesday, and one of the Vols’ top targets was there and caught the attention of analysts and scouts in attendance.

    Keon Johnson, a four-star shooting guard from Bell Buckle, Tennessee, is one of the many talented prospects attending the camp. Johnson has been on UT’s board in the 2020 class for a very long time, and he’s one of Tennessee’s top targets in the class.

    According to Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, and Josh Gershon of 247Sports, Johnson was one of the top prospects to catch their eye early on at the camp.

    “There aren’t many more athletic wings in the country than Johnson, and he was tremendous in both of his games on night one,” 247Sports said of the high four-star guard. “Johnson can get to the rim as well as anybody in the class, and then his outside shot continues to improve as well. One of the things that really stands out about Johnson is his body control. He almost never gets himself into a bad position when he drives into traffic. Johnson also is a good passer and is very committed on the defensive end. He plays passing lanes well, and locked down his man nearly every possession.”

    The writers at 247Sports weren’t the only ones impressed by Johnson, though.

    Eric Bossi, a national basketball analyst for Rivals, also liked what he saw from Johnson, calling him an “impact scorer and defender.”

    Johnson is the No. 1 overall player in the state of Tennessee in the 2020 class according to 247Sports. Their composite rankings have him listed as the No. 32 overall player and No. 6 shooting guard in this cycle as well.

    The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard who plays for The Webb School in Bell Buckle has been heavily involved with UT for quite some time. Tennessee’s coaches have visited him on multiple occasions, and he’s visited UT’s campus several times as well. He took an official visit to Knoxville back in October, and he’s unofficially visited many, many times.

    Johnson has also taken official visits to Vanderbilt, Auburn, Virginia, and most recently to Ohio State back in May.

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    A month ago, Johnson announced the top three finalists in his recruitment. Tennessee, Virginia, and Ohio State comprised that list, and Johnson also added in his announcement that plans to announce his commitment to one of those three schools on August 6th.

    As a junior for The Webb School, Johnson averaged 24.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.0 steals, and 2.4 blocks per game according to MaxPreps. He shot 58.4 percent overall and 38.3 percent from three. He played for EAB in the Adidas AAU circuit this spring, and he averaged around 26 points per game.

    The first day of camp at the NBPA Top 100 was only for players and media. Starting today, Thursday June 13th, coaches will be allowed to evaluate the players at the camp.



    Nathanael Rutherford
    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.