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Rebounding, defense will get playing time for Johnny Juzang

Johnny Juzang (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Not only is Johnny Juzang the first Asian-American to play for the Kentucky basketball team, but two years ago he was the first Asian-American to be projected as a future NBA first-round draft pick by nbadraft.net

Juzang’s mother, a financial advisor, is Vietnamese.  His father is CEO of a healthcare staffing company.

His ancestry obviously has a special appeal for a specific portion of the Kentucky fan base hoping to see the freshman guard have enormous success.

After Kentucky’s win over UAB last week Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked what Juzang had to do to get even more playing time as some fans were wondering on social media.

” Well, he’s playing 12, 13 minutes, which is a lot of time. He keeps rebounding,” Calipari said. “He made shots today. But he stayed in the game because he rebounded. He’s defending, too.

“He’s going to get better. He’s got a nice confidence about him. He’ll get time.”

His biggest issue is having Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley playing in front of him along with Kahlil Whitney.

“You’re on this team and you got eight guys, you get 25 minutes, you get 20 minutes, 18, 17. That’s a lot of minutes,” Calipari said. “I don’t pay attention to social media. So it has no bearing on the decisions I make, believe me.

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