Chalk this one up as a win for the good guys.
The NCAA officially approved a transfer waiver for Johnny Juzang for the year in residence requirement. He now is immediately eligible to play for the UCLA Bruins during the 2020-21 season this fall into spring.
Juzang, of course, transferred from Kentucky and his immediate eligibility is a huge win for UCLA this season.
Head basketball coach Mick Cronin had nothing but positivity and excitement for the next steps with Juzang in the lineup.
“We’re very excited that Johnny will be able to play for us next season,” Cronin said via the UCLA Men’s Basketball Twitter account. “I’m grateful to Erin Adkins, our associate athletic director in compliance, for all of her hard work in this process. Johnny is a talented player who can definitely make an impact for us.”
Juzang played in 28 games for Kentucky last season, scoring 82 points and 54 rebounds in those outings. He played the majority of his substantial minutes down the stretch of the season and rounded into form.
The former Harvard-Westlake standout chose to come back home to LA to further his playing career.
Juzang, a 6’6, 214-pound guard prospect out of high school was considered the country’s 33rd-best player overall, ninth-best small forward and third-best player from California in the class of 2019.
He projected as a second-round draft prospect out of high school and likely will follow suit with a NBA draft pick, if not even a lottery pick with a great season in the books at UCLA this fall/spring.
Either way, his implementation into the lineup will be a huge benefit this coming season and could truly tip the Bruins over the top of the Pac-12 rankings at this stage.
Here’s to big things, Johnny!