Kansas basketball recruit: Jayhawks lands four-star Chris Johnson despite self-imposed restrictions


Kansas received its first Class of 2023 commitment on Tuesday when four-star Chris Johnson announced his commitment to the Jayhawks after also visiting UConn, Texas and Arkansas, among others. Johnson is the No. 30 overall player in the class by 247Sports and is considered the No. 8 combo guard.

The stakes are important for Kansas as it comes just after head coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend were kept off the road during the June and July live recruitment period. That self-imposed move comes when the defending national champions face an NCAA infringement case that snakes through the IARP resolution process.

Johnson is playing his final season this season at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida, but he is originally from Missouri City, Texas. He averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game for Fort Bend Elkins High School as a junior, according to MaxPreps.

Here is the full scouting report on Johnson from 247Sports director of scouting Adam Finkelstein:

Johnson is a great guard with both size and strength. He changes speed, protects the ball at a high level through the course and can score the ball in different ways within the arc. He needs to keep making progress as a three-point threat with both inconsistent mechanics and a bit of a hard ball. Defensively, he has tools that should ultimately be able to translate at a high level, although he still has to make that end of the floor a consistent priority. In general, he is confident, physical and plays with an edge which can be a competitive advantage or disadvantage depending on how it affects him.

Johnson’s high school team finished 30-6 last season, and the level of competition Johnson faces as a senior at Montverde should only increase as he cements a winning DNA before arriving to join the Jayhawks.

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