Basketball's second best shooting guard, Keldon Johnson, is set to visit College Park at the end of September. Other big-name schools are also extending offers to the young star.
, the 17th best ranked player of his class and the second-best shooting guard in the nation, will soon be visiting University of Maryland’s College Park Campus. The last of coach Mark Turgeon’s 2018 recruiting targets, Johnson is also the biggest and most sought after and has already been offered a scholarship by Kentucky while other schools are certain to follow suit if he remains uncommitted.
Earlier this summer, Johnson attended a team basketball camp in College Park and at that time he decided he would return to College Park for a visit. In addition to his scheduled September 23 visit, Johnson has also scheduled visits at Kentucky, Florida State and Texas while a handful of other schools are interested, including Georgetown and Oregon. The six-foot-six, 205-pound Virginia native can propel the University of Maryland basketball program to the top of the Big Ten and NCAA rankings.
On the Nike EYBL circuit, Johnson led his team and averaged 20.7 points and 8.5 rebounds per game
. He also shot 51.6 percent from the field. Johnson is a potent scorer who would make Maryland’s number eight ranked 2018 recruiting class even stronger, especially if he will be joined by center Moses Brown, who also will visit College Park toward the end of September.
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The additions of Johnson and Brown would give the Terps a “fab four” of sorts as the team already has gained the commitment of two other four-star recruits for 2018 in power forward Jalen Smith and wingman Aaron Wiggins. The team finished second in the Big Ten during the regular season last year and made it to the NCAA tournament in March, however UMD has lost its best player Melo Trimble while a few other players will be gone after next season. Gaining a commitment from Johnson and Brown would ensure that the program will remain strong for years to come.
The news of Johnson’s visit comes off the heels of bad news on the recruiting front as five-star point guard recruit Immanuel Quickley recently announced that he is no longer considering Maryland
. Regardless, 2018 and the Maryland Basketball program’s future looks bright, Johnson is very likely to join the program as the team’s assistant coach, Kevin Broadus, knows the player and his family personally and helped to bring his brother to Georgetown before coming to College Park.