Tennessee freshman Keon Johnson makes NBA Draft decision
It didn’t take Rick Barnes long to turn his Tennessee program into an NBA factory.
The latest Volunteer ready to take his game to the next level is Keon Johnson, who just declared for the 2021 NBA Draft after one season on Rocky Top. Johnson has hired an agent, which officially ends his time as a college basketball player.
Johnson entered the program after being rated as a five-star prospect. He lived up to the hype in his only season as Johnson was named to the SEC’s all-rookie team after averaging 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists this season.
“The NBA has always been my goal, but I never expected it to come this soon,” Johnson said to ESPN. “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.”
Johnson issued the following statement announcing his decision to go pro.
Johnson may not have been a member of the program for very long but he’ll always be remembered for this dunk he had on this poor Georgia would-be defender:
What Keon Johnson just did is illegal in 48 states pic.twitter.com/uyowstQaNm
— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) February 11, 2021