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Monday / December 9.
  • Jalen Johnson calls Kentucky his ‘dream school’ as John Calipari, Coach K among parade of coaches to watch

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Kentucky coach John Calipari headlined a Who’s Who of high-major coaches who watched Jalen Johnson and Patrick Baldwin Jr. on Saturday at the Nike EYBL stop here.

    There was a palpable buzz around the court for Team Phenom’s game against the PSA Cardinals. The court was encircled with coaches, and it was obvious to everyone that at least two future pros were on the court.

    When I asked one high-major Division 1 head coach where he thought Johnson would land, he smiled and said, “Wherever he wants.”

    Johnson, the 6-foot-9 small forward from Nicolet (WI) High School, finished with 16 points, 9 assists and 4 rebounds in the 81-64 win. The 6-10 Baldwin, a Class of 2021 prospect from Hamilton (WI), tallied 8 points and 3 rebounds.

    After a win earlier Saturday over Drive Nation, Johnson said Kentucky was his “dream school.”

    “Yeah, I like Kentucky a lot,” he told reporters here. “That’s been my dream school growing up. Coach Cal, it’s meant a lot him coming to my school three times this year, so just to show that I’m a priority for them, they really want me, it means a lot.”

    Duke’s entire staff also visited Johnson on April 22, and they remain heavily in the mix as well.

    Photo: Team Phenom

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.