Dream do come true

Former Park View HS standout Keldon Johnson is congratulated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the 29th pick by the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night in the 2019 NBA Draft. (Contributed photo)

Keldon Goes in First Round

The wait was a little longer than expected but on Thursday night former Park View HS standout Keldon Johnson’s dream came true as he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 29th pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

Johnson exhaled deeply when his named was finally called by Commissioner Adam Silver at 10:42 and then changed into an all-white jacket in what may be the first-ever wardrobe change at the NBA Draft.

“I know every day I am going to come in and work,” Johnson told ESPN’s Maria Taylor after his selection. “This is only the beginning. I am blessed to a part of the NBA.”

Johnson was joined at the NBA Draft by his family including older brother Kaleb Johnson, who completed his senior season at Georgetown University this year, and will go to summer camp with the Brooklyn Nets.

Keldon Johnson is the first NBA draft pick ever from Park View HS and the first from the area since Bryant Stith was selected with the 13th pick in the 1992 draft.

I am absolutely delighted for Keldon and his family.

Keldon is a smart and engaging young man who works hard, plays harder, and gives 100% on every trip down the court.

He will need to get bigger and stronger for the rigors of the nightly battles in the NBA but he has the discipline and drive to get there.

I really feel he could be the steal of the draft.

To read the entire column pick up the June 26, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.