WATCH: Tennessee Volunteers’ Keon Johnson Shows Off His Athleticism With Vicious Poster

Published 02/11/2021, 8:22 AM EST
Jan 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Keon Johnson (45) and forward Uros Plavsic (33) react to a play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports


The Tennessee Volunteers beat the Georgia Bulldogs last night in an SEC conference thriller. The game finished 89-81, with Volunteers’ freshman guard Keon Johnson stealing all headlines with this monster dunk.

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Early into the second half, the Vols already had a 19 point lead. Johnson cut inside as he received the ball from John Fulkerson. He charged to the rim and as Kevin Harlan would say, he dunked on Bulldogs’ Toumani Camara “with no regard for human life.”

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Johnson’s one-hander made the commentators go wild, while Camara was left wondering why he bothered to contest the dunk. It was a ferocious dunk, and Johnson rubbed salt into their wounds, hanging on to the rim for a few extra seconds.

Johnson arrived in Tennessee with the reputation of being an explosive athlete. This was his best live demonstration, as he put the helpless Georgia defender on a poster.

Will Keon Johnson make it as a lottery pick?

Ranked 23rd in the country, Johnson chose Tennessee over Ohio State and Virginia. He joined fellow five-star prospect, Jaden Springer, to help the Vols bring home their first-ever NCAA title.

Jan 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Keon Johnson (45) moves the ball against Vanderbilt Commodores guard Jordan Wright (4) during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

After 16 games, Johnson is the third-highest scorer for the Vols. Despite his struggles from three, he has been a consistent scorer for them. He started the season as their bench scorer, but has cemented his place in the starting lineup now.

Multiple draft lotteries have already picked Johnson to be a late lottery pick. If he continues his form, he can achieve that. He just needs to work on his shooting and stay consistent on both ends.

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Do the Tennessee Volunteers have a chance at the SEC title?

With a 7-4 record in the SEC conference, the Vols are currently second. The Alabama Crimson Tide are dominating at the top and have an 11-1 record. With five games remaining, the Vols will need the Crimson Tide to lose the rest of their games. Otherwise, they will fall short and will finish second.

Jan 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Victor Bailey Jr. (12) reacts to a play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

It was Alabama who broke their seven-game winning streak to start the season, and now this will make it worse for them. They play Louisiana State next, and will just aim to finish the season strongly, to build momentum for the tournament.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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