Tennessee’s Keon Johnson Enters 2021 NBA Draft

Tennessee shooting guard Keon Johnson is declaring for the draft and will forgo his remaining years of college eligibility, he tells Jonathan Givony of ESPN.

“The NBA has always been my goal, but I never expected it to come this soon,” said Johnson, who is coming off his freshman season. “I really don’t care what number I get drafted at. I just want to go somewhere I fit in that organization. Where I can keep developing and find my niche.”

While Johnson may not care where he gets drafted, he looks like a good bet to be a mid-lottery pick. ESPN currently has him ranked as the No. 6 prospect on its big board, right behind Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs.

Givony calls Johnson one of the best athletes in college basketball and says he “maximizes his tools on both ends of the floor,” though he cautions that the 19-year-old will need to further develop his offensive game and add some bulk to reach his potential at the NBA level.

“I think NBA teams see a defensive-minded guard who can score at all three levels,” Johnson told ESPN. “I feel like my three-point shot is going to improve and keep me on the court in the NBA, along with my versatility on the offensive end.”

Johnson, who was coming off a knee injury as a senior in high school, got off to a slow start for the Volunteers and averaged a modest 11.3 PPG and 3.5 RPG on 44.9% shooting in 27 total games (25.5 MPG). However, he came on strong near the end of the season, recording 16.8 PPG and 6.0 RPG on 50.7% shooting in his final five games, including in the SEC and NCAA tournaments.

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4 thoughts on “Tennessee’s Keon Johnson Enters 2021 NBA Draft

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    Not a top 10 to me. Plays more like combo guard. He does have upside, good size for the point. And does play both ways. 6 is way too high. Espn must be high.

    • Sillivan

      Who will be the 6th pick? Nobody is qualified for 6

      Johnny Juzang is not in ESPN top 100 draft

      Juzang is 6
      I only watch Juzang games on sweet 16

  2. Rich26993

    He’s got some talent, but I’d take Springer over him. Moses Moody gonna be the truth though.

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