Ready for another Kentucky transfer?
UK’s Johnny Juzang listed the Arizona Wildcats as one of his top six schools on Tuesday, the others being UCLA, Oregon, Texas Tech, Villanova and Notre Dame, according to a social media post.
The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 2.9 points per game and shot 33 percent from 3-point range in 12.3 minutes at Kentucky, but did have some big games—like when he scored 13 points against Tennessee and 10 points against Florida.
A former four-star recruit, Juzang was the No. 31 player in the 2019 recruiting class and picked Kentucky over Oregon, Kansas and Virginia.
“Scoring wing with good size and long arms,” reads his 247Sports scouting report. “Shoot-first but much improved efficiency. Big time threat off the dribble as a shooter from both midrange and three. Can knock down threes in bunches from perimeter and also has a strong one- and two-dribble pull-up game. Can get to the basket but is most comfortable scoring with his jumper. Size, length and athleticism give him upside as versatile defender. Can improve shot selection and handle. Projects as productive high major wing with NBA upside due to his shot making ability at his size.”
Juzang hails from Studio City, California and his father, Maxie, told The Athletic that homesickness played a factor in his decision to transfer, not a lack of playing time. That, plus the fact on-campus visits are prohibited until at least April 15 due to coronavirus, would suggest Juzang is likely to transfer to a school out west.
“When you think about being homesick, I’m not sure how he played at the end was much of a factor,” Maxie told The Athletic. “Johnny was young, so it took him a little longer to adjust mentally and maturity-wise, and the fact that me and my wife both work and didn’t get out there near as much as we thought we might really made it tough.”
Juzang would likely have to sit out a season before having three years of eligibility at his new school. However, as Arizona saw with Jemarl Baker Jr., another Kentucky transfer, immediate eligibility shouldn’t be out of the question.