Keon Johnson to play for Clippers

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Tennessee basketball player Keon Johnson will begin his NBA career with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Johnson, a guard, was selected in the first round of the 2021 NBA draft by the Knicks Thursday.

New York drafted Johnson with the No. 21 overall selection. Johnson was then traded to the Clippers in exchange for the No. 25 overall pick.

Johnson played for the Volunteers for one season. Last year, the Shelbyville, Tennessee native was selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team.

He averaged 11.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game for Tennessee during the 2020-21 campaign. He scored a career-high 27 points at Kentucky.

At the recent NBA draft combine, Johnson recorded a vertical leap of 48 inches, a combine record.

In high school, he was a two-time Tennessee Mr. Basketball, while playing for Webb School in Bell Buckle.