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Virginia makes the cut for Class of 2023 Five-Star Point Guard

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Virginia basketball is strongly in the mix for one of the nation’s top point guards in the Class of 2023.

London Johnson, a 6-foot-4, guard out of Norcross, Ga. (Atlanta suburbs), cut his list to a final six, including Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia and Southern Call. His new list eliminated NC State, Wake Forest, Auburn, Florida, Houston and Xavier.

Johnson, a 5-star by Rivals and 4-star by 247Sports, is considered among the top 25 prospects in the nation and the No. 6 overall point guard by 247. He originally had more than two dozen offers.

While a definite date for his announcement hasn’t been decided, the blue-chipper said he will make his decision around the New Year, and that he already has an idea where he’s going.

Isaac McKneely, who signed with Virginia’s 2022 class last month, has been encouraging Johnson to come and play with him and the Cavaliers’ top 10 class that will come in next season.

Johnson said he fits Virginia’s style of play and realizes he would be surrounded by good shooters with the incoming class, which would help him facilitate as a point guard. During his visit to Charlottesville during football season, Johnson said that Tony Bennett and Jason Williford showed him film of how he would fit into UVA’s system.

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