Johnny Juzang on Friday announced his commitment to Kentucky in an Instagram post, spurning an offer from Virginia.
The Studio City, California product was also considering Kansas and Oregon.
Juzang, a 4-star recruit, according to 247sports.com, recently reclassified from the class of 2020 to the class of 2019.
His decision means Virginia still has two open scholarships for the coming season as it aims to repeat the success of last season’s NCAA championship. The Cavaliers’ top three scorers from last season — guards Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome — have all declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.
As it stands now, Virginia’s recruiting class includes three incoming freshmen: 4-star center Kadin Shedrick, 4-star shooting guard Casey Morsell and 3-star small forward Justin McKoy. On Wednesday, the Wahoos added JUCO All-American Tomas Woldetensae, who averaged 17.3 points per game last season for Indian Hills Community College in Iowa.
Juzang’s college decision developed some buzz in recent weeks as Kentucky joined in. Wildcats coach John Calipari is considered the forefather of the ‘one-and-done’ trend in college basketball. Coach Tony Bennett has typically shied away from recruiting players of that ilk, and won the national championship with a rotation of mostly upperclassmen.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Juzang was ranked the No. 32 recruit in the nation for the class of 2020. Long-limbed and athletic, Juzang is a dangerous shooter off the dribble, from both mid-range and behind the arc. He has the potential to be a strong driver and versatile defender.
Virginia’s work on the recruiting trail might not be finished, with two scholarships open for the coming season. Additionally, Marquette transfers Sam and Joey Hauser reportedly visited Virginia on Thursday and Friday. The Hausers, who will likely have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules, have also visited Wisconsin and are set to check out Michigan State next week.