Over the past two weeks, Chris Johnson has celebrated his 18th birthday, led the Houston Defenders to the Under Armor Association title, and went on “the best” official visit of his recruiting process to Kansas.
Johnson, one of the top combo guards in the class of 2023, held onto his dedication to Kansas through the series of highlights on Tuesday.
Johnson wrote an exclusive blog with Illustrated Sports breaking down his thought process behind the decision.
“I’m officially committed to Kansas, and I can’t tell you how happy I am,” Johnson wrote in his blog. “When I went to visit last week, it was literally a family. … The visit was 10 out of 10.”
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Johnson chose the reigning national champions over Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Kentucky and Auburn had just started increasing their interest in the 6’3″ guard in mid-July, right around the time Johnson scored a game-high 18 points to claim the UAA title.
Johnson thrives downhill, but has improved his perimeter jump shot to make himself a more complete guard and a more versatile scorer. A feisty defender, Johnson uses his height, athleticism and strength to hit the glass and apply stifling defensive pressure on the perimeter.
“What I really loved about Kansas is that they really make their guards hoop,” Johnson wrote in his SI blog. “They like guards who can guard 1”–4, and that’s me all day. They want me to go out and be myself.”
Johnson is Bill Self’s first 2023 class commitment.
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