High School Basketball Phenom Jalen Johnson Commits To Duke Over Wisconsin And Kentucky

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High school basketball phenom Jalen Johnson will play at Duke after he graduates in 2020.

“Next year I’ll be attending Duke University to play for coach K,” the talented forward from Wisconsin told 247Sports on Thursday. (RELATED: New Orleans Pelicans Pick Zion Williamson First Overall In The NBA Draft)

He picked Coach K’s squad over Wisconsin, Arizona and Kentucky.


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Well, this one certainly stings for Wisconsin fans, but I’m not shocked he went to Duke. The Blue Devils just sent three kids to the NBA this past season in the lottery.

Coach K wins a ton, and puts players in the NBA. It’s what has made him the greatest coach in all of college basketball.

I have no doubt Jalen Johnson is going to flourish under Coach K’s leadership.

Having said all of that, it’s still a tough pill for Wisconsin fans to swallow when a star player from the Badger state doesn’t end up wearing red and white in Madison.

We’ve really struggled to get the best players in the state lately, and losing Johnson might be the worst of it all.

He’s going to be an absolute star.


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Tough day for Badgers fans everywhere, but we have to just continue pounding the recruiting pavement. Sitting around upset won’t do anything to help us win games.