Kentucky Wildcats freshman wing Keldon Johnson has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.
The 6-6 freshman joins a long list of one-and-dones under John Calipari. And he’s likely to join the list of those drafted in the first round.
Johnson had a bit of an up-and-down year in his first season in Lexington. In 31 minutes per game, he averaged 13.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. He shot 46 percent from the field, as well as 38 percent from three and 70 percent from the free throw line.
Keldon is a long, athletic wing with a lot of potential. And that’s likely why he’ll be drafted. But it could easily be argued that Johnson should return for a sophomore season, a la PJ Washington.
At the beginning of the year, Johnson was projected in the top 10 or 15 of every mock draft. Now, it looks like he’ll be lucky to go in the top 20. Another year to improve and show some consistency could work wonders for KJ.