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Elder sibling looks to make mark in pros

SoVaNow.com / January 20, 2021
Brodnax native Kaleb Johnson was recently selected by the Austin Spurs in the 2021 G-League Draft. Johnson is the older brother of Keldon Johnson, small forward for the San Antonio Spurs and an alumnus of Park View High School, where he played basketball before moving up in the prep ranks.

This is the second time Kaleb Johnson has been drafted by Austin, the G-League affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. He was first drafted in the 2019 second round; this time Johnson was a second round pick at No. 15.

Johnson enjoyed a solid college career at Georgetown University. Over his four-year career he averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, averaging 15.3 minutes an outing.

The 6’7”, 220-pound guard said injuries halted his first season with Austin. He noted since that time he has been on a mission to return to the NBA.

“Locking down on my diet and watching what I put in my body. I’ve got a good diet and a good workout routine,” said Johnson in the Christmas Day edition of “Locked on Spurs,” the podcast of the San Antonio NBA franchise.

Johnson said his first experience with Austin and then playing in the summer league with the Brooklyn Nets this past year gave him confidence going into this season. “I can do this. I can play at the highest level given the opportunity,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said during the interview that younger brother Keldon has been a help on and off the court. He made the point that it was Keldon who encouraged more beneficial eating habits to improve his health and game performance.

Speaking on his brother’s return to the league, Keldon said Kaleb has put in the work to earn another opportunity at Austin. Keldon, who played for the developmental team before joining the big club late last season, said he was happy for his sibling.

“He worked so hard for it,” said Keldon.

Kaleb played for the Park View Dragons before transferring to the Carlisle School in Martinsville for his senior season. Upon graduation from high school, Kaleb was highly sought after as Virginia’s fifth-ranked basketball prospect. He entertained several college offers before deciding on Georgetown.

The NBA G-League is scheduled to begin play on Feb. 8. Games will be played in a bubble at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

G-League players were to report to their organizations Tuesday and arrive at the bubble Jan. 26.



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