Johnny Juzang

Johnny Juzang
Johnny Juzang UCLA.jpg
Juzang with UCLA in 2021
No. 3 – UCLA Bruins
PositionShooting guard
LeaguePac-12 Conference
Personal information
Born (2001-03-17) March 17, 2001 (age 20)
Los Angeles, California
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolHarvard-Westlake School
(Los Angeles, California)
Career highlights and awards

Jonathan Anh Juzang (/ˈzæŋ/; born March 17, 2001) is an American college basketball player for the UCLA Bruins of the Pac-12 Conference. He began his college career playing one season with the Kentucky Wildcats before transferring to UCLA. As a sophomore with the Bruins in 2021, he earned second-team all-conference honors. UCLA advanced to the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, and Juzang was named to the All-Tournament Team.

High school career

Juzang played high school basketball for Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles. In his freshman season, he averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and two assists per game and was teammates with Cassius Stanley. Harvard-Westlake won the CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS) Division 1A championship after Juzang recorded 21 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the final.[1] As a sophomore, he averaged 22.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, leading his team to a 22–6 record.[2] In his junior season, Juzang averaged 23 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game and was named the most valuable player of the Mission League.[3] He helped lead Harvard-Westlake to their first league title since 2011 after scoring 25 points in the championship game against rival Loyola.[4]


After the season, Juzang reclassified from the 2020 class to the 2019 class, allowing him to play collegiately in the following season.[5] He was a four-star recruit and one of the top small forwards in his class.[6][7] On May 10, 2019, he committed to play college basketball for Kentucky over Virginia. He had also been interested in UCLA, but their coach, Steve Alford, was fired, and he did not have time to develop a relationship with their new coach, Mick Cronin, before choosing the Wildcats.[8][9]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Johnny Juzang
Los Angeles, CA Harvard-Westlake School (CA) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) May 10, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 34  247Sports: 30  ESPN: 29
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Kentucky 2019 Basketball Commitments". Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  • "2019 Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting Class". Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  • "2019 Team Ranking". Retrieved May 10, 2019.

College career

Juzang with Kentucky in 2020

As a freshman at the University of Kentucky, Juzang played behind Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley and was mostly restricted to catch-and-shoot opportunities in limited playing time.[10][11] On February 8, 2020, he scored a season-high 13 points with three three-pointers in a 77–64 win over Tennessee.[12] He averaged 2.9 points, shooting 37.7 percent from the field, in 12.4 minutes per game for the Wildcats. After the season, he announced that he was transferring from Kentucky.[13] He had been lonely without his family, and the COVID-19 pandemic drove his desire to return home.[9] Juzang decided to transfer to UCLA and play under Cronin,[9] and he was granted a waiver to play immediately instead of the usual requirement to sit out a season.[14][15]

Juzang missed the first four games of the 2020–21 season with a stress reaction in his right foot.[16][17] In his first game, he scored 10 points off the bench in a win over San Diego.[18] He moved into the starting lineup in the following game against Marquette.[19] On January 14, 2021, Juzang scored a then-career-high 17 points, leading the Bruins in scoring in a 91–61 blowout win over Washington State.[20] On January 24, against Stanford, he scored 27 in a 73–72 loss in overtime,[21] the Bruins' first conference defeat of the season. The game included a stretch where Juzang scored 21 straight points for the team, making eight consecutive shots to end the first half and begin the second.[22] Against Washington, he scored a career-high 32 points in a 64–61 win.[23] He was the first Bruin to score at least half of his team's points in a game since Reggie Miller 35 years earlier.[24] The team's leading scorer, Juzang was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection.[25]

In the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Juzang joined Miller and Lew Alcindor (known now as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to become the third player in UCLA history to score at least 20 points in their first two NCAA Tournament games.[26] He scored 28 points in a 51–49 win over No. 1 seed Michigan, as UCLA advanced to their first Final Four since 2008. Eighteen of his points came in the first half, which included a run where he scored 12 consecutive for the Bruins.[27] He became the first player to score at least half of his team's points in a regional finals win since Oscar Robertson in 1960.[28] He was named the most outstanding player of the tournament's East Region.[29] Juzang scored 29 points in the national semifinal against 1-seed Gonzaga, including a basket to tie the game with 3.3 seconds remaining in overtime, but the Bulldogs' Jalen Suggs made a 40-foot (12 m) buzzer beater to win 93–90 over the Bruins.[30] Named to the 2021 All-Tournament Team,[31] Juzang scored 137 total points in the tournament, the second most by a UCLA player in NCAA Tournament history behind Gail Goodrich's 140 points in 1965.[32] He scored 20 or more points four times in the tournament for a total of eight during the season.[33]

On April 20, 2021, Juzang announced that he would declare for the 2021 NBA draft while maintaining his college eligibility.[34]

Career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2019–20 Kentucky 28 2 12.3 .377 .326 .833 1.9 .3 .2 .1 2.9
2020–21 UCLA 27 26 32.3 .441 .353 .877 4.1 1.6 .8 .3 16.0
Career 55 28 22.1 .430 .347 .870 3.0 .9 .5 .2 9.3

Source: [35]

Personal life

Juzang's older brother, Christian, played college basketball as a point guard for Harvard,[36] and he became a player in the Vietnam Basketball Association.[37] His father, Maxie, is Creole, and his mother, Hanh, is Vietnamese. He has a younger sister, Lauren.[8]


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  2. ^ "Johnny Juzang". USA Basketball. January 15, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Fattal, Tarek (March 27, 2019). "Daily News 2019 All-Area boys basketball selections, awards". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
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  6. ^ Daniels, Tim (May 10, 2019). "Harvard-Westlake's Johnny Juzang announces he will reclassify and attend college this fall". Bleacher Report. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Hale, Jon (May 10, 2019). "What Johnny Juzang's commitment means for Kentucky basketball recruiting". Courier Journal. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  8. ^ a b Tucker, Kyle (June 18, 2019). "'Go get it': Johnny Juzang comes to Kentucky ready to work, prove his value". The Athletic. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c Grosbard, Adam (April 2, 2021). "UCLA's Johnny Juzang says Final Four is 'so meaningful' with his hometown team". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  10. ^ Hale, Jon. "Could Johnny Juzang's NCAA Tournament affect Kentucky basketball transfer decisions?". Louisville Courier Journal. Retrieved April 3, 2021.
  11. ^ Tucker, Kyle (March 28, 2020). "Johnny Juzang transfer comes as a surprise to Cats, Calipari". The Athletic. Retrieved April 3, 2021. Kentucky started three guards this season — Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey and Immanuel Quickley, all of whom were five-star recruits — which meant playing time was scarce and Juzang’s role was mostly restricted to catch-and-shoot opportunities in sporadic minutes.
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  17. ^ Fattal, Tarek (November 26, 2020). "Short-handed UCLA loses to San Diego State in season opener". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved November 26, 2020.
  18. ^ Nguyen, Thuc Nhi (December 9, 2020). "Johnny Juzang quickly adds some zing to offense in UCLA's win over San Diego". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  19. ^ "UCLA holds off Marquette 69-60 to win 5th in a row". AP. December 12, 2020. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  20. ^ "UCLA rolls to 91–61 win over WSU, goes to 6-0 in Pac-12". AP. January 14, 2021. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  21. ^ "Da Silva's buzzer-beat [sic] lifts Stanford over No. 24 UCLA". AP. January 23, 2021. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  22. ^ Bolch, Ben (January 23, 2021). "UCLA falls to Stanford on buzzer-beating layup in overtime for first Pac-12 loss". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
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  24. ^ Bolch, Ben (February 17, 2021). "His work never done, UCLA's Johnny Juzang hunts success, not shots". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
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  28. ^ Skretta, Dave (March 31, 2021). "Juzang sends No. 11 seed UCLA past Michigan to Final Four". AP. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  29. ^ Pilgrim, Jack (April 3, 2021). "WATCH: Johnny Juzang's brother flies in from Vietnam to surprise him at the Final Four". Kentucky Sports Radio. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  30. ^ Eisenberg, Jeff (April 4, 2021). "The other side of history: UCLA heartbroken as last-second shot buries unlikely run". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved April 8, 2021.
  31. ^ Potter, Andrew Joe (April 6, 2021). "Baylor's Butler named tourney's Most Outstanding Player". The Score. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  32. ^ Pilgrim, Jack (April 4, 2021). "WATCH: Gonzaga beats UCLA at the buzzer to advance to the National Championship". Kentucky Sports Radio. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  33. ^ Hill, Glynn A. (April 3, 2021). "Juzang reaches 20 points again, Campbell gives UCLA late lead". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  34. ^ Bolch, Ben (April 20, 2021). "UCLA's Johnny Juzang declares for NBA draft while preserving option to return". Los Angeles Times.
  35. ^ "Johnny Juzang College Stats". Sports Reference. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  36. ^ Tipton, Jerry (September 27, 2019). "Playing against Harvard tops Kentucky basketball freshman's wish list". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  37. ^ "Unique season up ahead for VBA, the rising basketball league in Vietnam". October 15, 2020. Retrieved December 10, 2020.

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