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Could Johnny Juzang be part of “small ball” at Kentucky next season?

Johnny Juzang (UK Athletics Photo)

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.”

 

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  1. Dante may be the only one to be able save this class. Still TBD if Nick or EJ coming back. If we only get 1 of the 2 probably best to have EJ. Nick showed no improvement from year 1-2 but his 4 points, 4 boards, 4 fouls, and 4 t.o.’s in 10 mins would be missed by many of you.

  2. If Allen is at full strength, 3 out and 2 under small ball could really be exciting for this group. How it all plays out is going to be interesting, to say the least. IMHO, if E.J. elects to stay in the draft, it will be an extremely poor decision-wish the best for him and his family though.

  3. I look for Juzang to play SG primarily. Hopefully, Allen will be healed up enough to win a starting spot at SF, but Cal is already showing love for Whitney. Who will play PG? If Hagans improves his 3 point shot and looks to score when he can, he would be the obvious choice with Maxey being the backup. I hope Immanuel has been working on his shot and see him as a backup to Juzang. Whitney is an energy guy and would be valuable coming off the bench. Keion can play the PF spot in rotation with Sestina. Nick will be a fool to stay in the draft as the starting C spot is his. This would be his year to prove something. Not sure what’s going on with EJ. He may prefer the G league to being Nick’s backup. Forget about getting Blackshear…he go somewhere where he will be the man with 4 role players. My guess is Auburn or Gonzaga. Poor Brad…redshirting because he did not see many minutes for himself…it will be even less this year. I am not advocating platoons, but I can see 10 guys getting significant minutes. This team will go as far as Cal lets them…my guess is losing a regional final again.

  4. I’m on your rave length Catman…really like the mix and match potential.

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