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Kentucky Moves to No. 1 in the 2019 Recruiting Class Rankings


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Four-star wing Johnny Juzang announced his decision to attend Kentucky on Friday and signed his letter of intent in the process.


A month ago, Juzang wasn’t even on Big Blue Nation’s radar, but the Wildcats needed shooters after Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, and Jemarl Baker all announced their departures from the program.


Juzang visited Kentucky in late April and a few days later decided to reclassify to the 2019 class.


“I want to be in an environment that challenges me, but also one that I can showcase my skill, fight and toughness,” Juzang said of committing to Kentucky. “The opportunity to play for a Hall of Fame coach and shine on the biggest stage in college basketball in front of the greatest fans in the world is somewhat of a dream. I can’t wait to get started.”


“Johnny can really score the basketball,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “You’re talking about a kid who has a college-ready body, which is why I was in full support of him reclassifying. When he told us he was doing it, I said let’s do this. He can really shoot the basketball and has a great skill set, but what I love about him is his will to win, his fight and competitiveness. He likes to play physical and can shoot over the top of defenders, plus he’s a very good rebounder for his age. He’s a smart player who is really going to make us a different team next year.”


With the addition of Juzang, Kentucky moves to No. 1 in the 2019 247 Sports class rankings.


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