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Johnny Juzang’s personality will make it easy for him to fit in quickly at Kentucky

Johnny Juzang with John Calipari and Joel Justus.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Since Johnny Juzang reclassified to this year’s recruiting class and then signed with Kentucky recently, he’s not had a chance to interact that with much with UK signees Tyrese Maxey, Kahlil Whitney, Dontaie Allen or Keion Brooks. However, Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek doesn’t think that will be a big issue for Juzang because of his personality.

“Johnny is a pretty laid back kid who gets along with everyone, so I don’t see him having any issues fitting in with the other guys in the class,” Peek said. “In terms of how he’ll fit on the court, I think his minutes will be limited and he might be used as a reserve player who can knock down the 3 and give the starters a little breather.”

Not only does Kentucky have Maxey, a top 10 point guard, joining the team but guards Ashton Hagans and Immanuel Quickley both return. Hagans started most of last season and Quickley got extensive playing time. That year of experience and maturity would figure to give both an edge over Juzang.

“Johnny will definitely need to get stronger but he has a good frame and has always been so disciplined playing under the tough coaches within the southern California Compton Magic AAU program, I think he’ll adjust well,” Peek said. “His jump shot is the key and if he’s knocking it down early and consistently, he will see some good minutes.”

2 comments

  1. WELCOME ABOARD, Johnny.
    You picked the best college basketball program in the country.
    Best Wishes

  2. Time will tell. Cal’s offense has to stop emphasizing one player over the team. We are as good or better at every position except center, but this will be to no avail if they don’t play as a team on defense AND offense. I have gone on the record as saying that Cal will not win another title. I hope I am wrong, but he will have to change the way he coaches. Start working with them this summer, have them ready to play on opening day. Let them get better from there. There is no such thing as peaking too soon.

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