Four-star basketball recruit Johnny Juzang was expected to be one of the crown jewels of the class of 2020. That is, until he reclassified.
Juzang's reclassification to the class of 2019 sealed the deal for him to attend Kentucky after he had offers from the likes of Virginia and Kansas to play as part of the 2020 recruiting class.
New at KSR: Johnny Juzang's reclassification to Kentucky seemingly came out of nowhere this spring. Or so it seemed - I talked to his dad @MJuzang on the reclassification process and why everything you think you knew isn't the way it seemed https://t.co/V1ajP3yHDJ— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) July 24, 2019
Now, the Wildcats are in shape for a dominant season.
The Wildcats went under the radar in the hunt for Juzang, but they were there from the beginning. Head coach John Calipari had primarily concerned himself with the class of 2019, not 2020, but when he learned that Juzang was considering reclassification, he was all in on him.
"I just want to strive to be the best leader, teammate, player and person I can be."— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) July 23, 2019
Get your day started with @JohnnyJuzang's conversation with @tjbeisner.
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Ultimately, Calipari and Kentucky managed to land him. His reclassification was what gave them such a big boost. While other schools showed trepidation in taking him in 2019, the Wildcats showed faith.
And their faith has been rewarded. After a visit to the school, Juzang committed. Now he's set to play for Calipari and Kentucky, who will no doubt improve on last year's success that saw them reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament.