Oak Hill Academy (Va.) four-star swingman Keyontae Johnson, one of the most athletic players in the 2018 class, is making an official visit to the Gophers this weekend.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound senior was a walking highlight-reel in the Nike EYBL this summer playing for Boo Williams AAU program. Johnson’s 41-inch vertical leap and 6-foot-11 wingspan give him the physical tools to translate well to the next level.
Johnson has also made official visits to Wichita State, Georgia Tech and Texas Tech.
“He’s a big-time finisher with good size,” Johnson’s AAU coach Boo Williams said this week. “He can guard multiple positions. He’s definitely a guy who can be an asset to your program. He can do a lot of different things both offensively and defensively.”
Johnson, a Norfolk, Va. native, played for IMG Academy in Florida and averaged 11 points per game last season. He averaged nine points and five rebounds in the Nike EYBL circuit this spring and summer.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino and assistant Kimani Young both went to Oak Hill to see Johnson practice and met with his family during an in-home visit in Norfolk.
“He’s a great kid with a good family, which you can’t take for granted nowadays,” Williams said. “He’s more of a small forward, but I think he can also play (stretch power forward). Lot of games he gave us a lift offensively, but he can lock down defensively. There were games he was our best rebounding the ball. He can just do a lot of different things. He would fit well in Minnesota’s system. Coach Pitino has done a great job up there.”
The Gophers are hosting both Johnson and South Kent School (Conn.) point guard Anthony Nelson on official visits this weekend. But there’s only one scholarship left to fill out the 2018 recruiting class that includes Daniel Oturi, Jarvis Thomas and Gabe Kalscheur.