Big in-state recruit Keon Johnson commits to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Rick Barnes and the basketball Vols got good news on the recruiting trail Tuesday night.

In his hometown of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, four-star guard Keon Johnson committed to the Vols.

Johnson, who plays for Webb School in Bell Buckle, picked the Volunteers over Ohio State an defending national champion Virginia.

Johnson told Rob Lewis of WVLT's media partner,, “It was really Coach Barnes and the way they recruited me. He was always very honest with me through the whole process. They showed me a lot of love from the start."

"With Coach Barnes, his player development at Tennessee has been through the roof," Johnson continued, "Just look at the guys he’s put into the league and that’s the ultimate goal for me.”

The Shelbyville native was one of the standout underclassmen at last summer’s NBA Players’ Association Top 100 Camp.
He was ranked in the top-100 at that point.

Johnson has also worked closely with former Vol standout Mark Griffin, who's helped oversee his development in AAU basketball. He joins five-star forward Corey Walker, Jr. on the Vols’ commitment list for next year.