(Photo of David Johnson: Paul Rutherford – USA TODAY Sports)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following a two-year profession on the collegiate degree, Louisville males’s basketball sophomore guard David Johnson declared for the NBA Draft, foregoing his remaining collegiate eligibility.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard was the Cardinals’ second-leading scorer in the course of the 2020-21 season, averaging 12.6 factors over 19 video games. He additionally chipped in with 5.8 rebounds and three.2 assists whereas taking pictures 41.1% from the sphere and 38.6% on three-point makes an attempt, incomes honorable point out All-ACC honors.
Johnson took time to meet with the media, and mentioned his determination to transfer onto the following degree, in addition to a wide range of different subjects. Below is the transcript from his press convention:
(On what led up to his determination)
It was a protracted course of for me that I’ve been coping with, Mom has been coping with, and other people shut to me for some time behind the scenes. I lastly obtained to dive into it after the season was over, and after lengthy talks and suggestions from the NBA, I made a decision to make that call – to go forward and enter my identify within the draft.
(On what suggestions he acquired)
That it was adequate for me to enter my identify. I do not need to form of throw something on the market, but it surely was adequate for me. I’m simply going to work on bettering my physique and form to prepare for the following degree.
(On if there a selected second the place he knew he was going to declare)
I’d say as soon as I obtained my suggestions, that is after I knew 100% what I wished to do. I used to be form of up within the air about it, however after I obtained that suggestions again, then form of thought that it was time for me. I had to take into consideration myself. I’ve talked to teammates, coaches, they usually’ve all been supportive of the choice. They’ve all put confidence in me that I’m prepared for it.
(On if he has gotten good suggestions about his bounce shot, and if he’s nonetheless engaged on it)
I would not essentially say working, I’m simply – nicely I’m engaged on it – but it surely’s simply quite a lot of repetition. I really feel like I’ve at all times been shooter for nearly all of my life enjoying basketball. Being sidelined with a shoulder harm, it was laborious to come again. I’ve by no means skilled something like that. So it was form of a bumpy street to get again to the fluid motion that I had in my jumper. I’m beginning to really feel that, and I’m actually assured in it.
(On what accomplishment he’s most happy with in his two seasons at Louisville)
First aim of mine was to beat Kentucky. As a hometown child, it is an enormous factor to do this. To simply have that pleasure together with the town of Louisville, simply to say that I used to be a part of one crew that did it, and simply having fun with the method. I wasn’t actually considering forward about what was occurring down the street, I used to be actually having fun with the method whereas I used to be right here, and taking in all of the enjoyable and having fun with the expertise. Looking again on it, it was actually enjoyable.
(On how detailed the suggestions was, and the place they advised him he is projected to go within the draft)
They form of stated the place your flooring is, and the place your ceiling is. They form of gave you a median, meet you within the center there, and inform you what you suppose. I checked out it, and thought that I may possibly make some enhancements to enhance my inventory. But I’ll be engaged on that over the following couple of months, and we’ll see the place it goes.
(On his teammates’ and coaches’ response to his determination)
They weren’t essentially stunned, as a result of I assume they already had somewhat feeling that I’d. But a few of the guys, a few of the teammates had been form of stunned that I hadn’t achieved it already. Sometimes I get advised that I do not understand how good I’m after I do small issues. So, form of discovering myself and actually getting going into like a distinct mode, the place I can succeed at the next degree, is what I’m wanting for. So, I’d say, yeah they instilled the arrogance in me, teammates and coaches.
(On his dialog with head coach Chris Mack after his preseason shoulder surgical procedure in 2019 about when he would declare for the NBA after two years)
So, I do not suppose I’d even practiced but for, formally practiced for Louisville, and we had been speaking about issues to look ahead for because the season begins up for my freshman 12 months. He requested me, “When do you think you’ll be ready?” and he was speaking about when I’ll be prepared to come again to play as a freshman. I used to be considering forward, saying, “I’ll be ready after my sophomore year”, and he similar to form of checked out me like, “I’m talking about your shoulder”. I used to be like, “Oh, well, now you know that,” nicely I feel I’ll be prepared in a pair months.
(On if he has employed an agent but, and the place he’ll exercise and prepare for the draft)
I have never determined but. But as soon as I do decide, I’ll be wherever they’re form of stationed, or wherever I’ve entry to get within the gymnasium essentially the most. I’ll allow them to determine that out, however I’m fairly shut to selecting one. It’s largely my household, and a few shut household associates which are serving to (decide an agent). I feel I’ll be actually, actually, actually shut to a call in and subsequent couple of days or so.
(On what he was advised his flooring and ceiling was, and the place he’ll be pleased being drafted)
I’d be pleased simply to get picked, as a result of I do know what I can do. Just the chance is all I want. The flooring for it’s that I’ll get drafted, the ceiling is first spherical. I’m actually aiming in the direction of being a primary spherical decide, simply obtained to carry on bettering over this subsequent couple of months, and I’ll be there.
(On if he has talked to Jay Scrubb in any respect concerning the draft course of)
I’ve talked to him in all probability three or 4 instances within the final month or so. We talked somewhat bit concerning the course of, but it surely wasn’t essentially – I used to be simply checking in on him, he was checking on me. We’ve at all times been in contact since highschool. Having somebody that is already been skilled to the place I’m going, he might help me so much. He is aware of lots of people that would additionally assist me out too. Just having that relationship is fairly good,
(On if any NBA groups advocated for him to return for one other 12 months at Louisville)
Not essentially. The suggestions that I obtained, there wasn’t any hesitancy about me coming again, it was simply “you’re all in with it, and this way you’re going to be doing for a living”. So I’ll simply get after it.
(On what he hopes his legacy at Louisville is)
That I made an affect in some kind of method. I simply need to be remembered as individual, an important participant, simply how I like to assist folks. Just having that on my belt, David Johnson helped out the University of Louisville, or helped out the town of Louisville. That’s all I’m wanting for. I’m not wanting for any fame, or something big like that.
(On how he would promote himself to NBA groups)
I’m some extent guard that may get the ball and scorer’s arms. I can create for myself. I can defend a number of positions, rebound. I’m simply the man that may be on the ground doing something.
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