By LARRY VAUGHT
What does recent Kentucky signee Johnny Juzang do best?
“Johnny is a great shooter. He was the best 3-point shooter on the adidas Gauntlet circuit last summer,” said Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek. “I asked him once how many 3’s he puts up a day and he told me he tries to shoot anywhere from 300 to 500 3’s when he’s in the gym/ Between him and (signee) Tyrese Maxey, I think this will be a very good outside shooting team next year at Kentucky.”
The 6-7 Juzang averaged 23 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) in what was his junior season before he decided to reclassify to the 2019 class and picked UK over Virginia and Oregon.
“Looking at Kentucky’s guard-heavy class I thought he was a lock for Virginia but there’s something about coach Cal and these kids wanting to play and learn from him that seals the deal in the last minute. Maybe he’ll redshirt or be more of an emergency player similar to how Duke used Joey Baker this past year,” Peek said.
“Or is this the year Kentucky and coach Cal play some small ball? The way the class is shaping up, next year will be interesting with all the guards coming in.”
Like most incoming players, Peek says Juzang will need work on his defense and speed.
“It’s one thing to defend high school guards in California but it’s going to be on a whole new level once he faces the experienced guards in the SEC,” Peek said. “Luckily he’ll be going head to head with some of the quickest guards in the country in practice and that will really help him.”