UofL signee Jaylen Johnson's long journey to Louisville

08/21/2014 11:57 AM

  • March 13, 2013: Ypsilanti High School junior Jaylen Johnson helped lead Ypsilanti High School to win its first regional title since 1981, averaging 19.7 points and 15.3 rebounds in the district tournament.
  • June 2013: Ypsilanti Public Schools consolidated with Willow Run Community Schools.
  • Sept. 6, 2013: Johnson verbally commited to UofL. “They were on me from the jump. They watched me, kept watching me, their whole coaching staff would come to my game,” Johnson told Michigan Live. “It was like they wasn’t fake, it was all real.”
  • Nov. 13, 2013: Johnson signed letter of intent to play for the Louisville Cardinals.
  • April 17-18, 2014: Johnson participated in Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.
  • June 3, 2014: Johnson graduated as part of the inaugural senior class of Ypsilanti Community High School. The school district consolidation, which occurred a year prior, caused a delay in Johnson’s paperwork getting to the NCAA.

  • June 2014: Incoming UofL freshmen Quentin Snider, Chinanu Onuaku and Anas Osama Mahmoud started summer workouts and classes.
  • July 8-12, 2014: Shaqquan Aaron arrived on campus, and Matz Stockman received his visa and arrived in Louisville from Norway. Head coach Rick Pitino comments on Johnson’s academic situation saying, “His high school has just gotten in their stuff a lot slower than most, and unfortunately he’s going to be a little bit behind because of that.”
  • Aug. 21, 2014: Still no word from the NCAA clearinghouse on whether or not Johnson is eligible to play at UofL. There is no timetable on when a decision could be announced.


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