For Shaka Smart and Texas basketball recruiting never stops, even if the news proceeds at a pace comparable to the rate at which the Aialik Glacier changes; today we learn that Old Man Aialik has moved ever so slightly as top recruit Keldon Johnson lists the Texas Longhorns in his final five. This fact was announced via Instagram with the requisite combination of team logos and swirling background.
Here is why you should care. Keldon Johnson is an absolute destroyer of opposing basketball teams. No other Texas target in this recruiting class has me more excited; I am burning incense and saying prayers to Vishnu, Quetzalcoatl, Frigg, Enki, Anu, Cheonjiwang, Ixtab, Zeus, Rangi, and Tinky Winky every morning so that these various and sundry deities will deliver Johnson to Shaka Smart.
So why am I so eager for Johnson to land in Texas? When you watch him play it is immediately obvious why he is considered one of the very best guards in his class. The dude can put the ball in the basket. He is dynamic with the rock, able to blow by defenders and get to the rack, where he finishes creatively and with authority. He also has a nice jumper. Johnson's listed position is "shooting guard" but I prefer "bucket-getter." He can do whatever he wants on the floor against high school players and takes over games when winning time rolls around.
Originally from Virginia, Johnson played for Huntington Prep in West Virginia last year and will spend his senior season at Oak Hill Academy. Texas has long been considered the favorite to land him, but the competition heated up over the summer when Johnson picked up an offer from Kentucky. So now it is up to Shaka Smart and his staff to close.
Johnson is a difference-maker. No matter who else the Longhorns land in the class of 2018, it should be considered a success if Keldon Johnson ends up on the 40 Acres.