Class of 2011 recruits will be busy Memorial Day Weekendby Javier Morales on May. 26, 2010, under Sports
Class of 2011 power forward Sidiki Johnson of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy knows he will attend Arizona, so he is focusing his attention in this summer’s tournament circuit to work on his game.
His next opportunity is in the Nike Youth Basketball League tournament in Los Angeles this weekend. It will be the first time Johnson, who has verbally committed to attend Arizona, showcases his skills (in his case, works on his skills) on the West coast.
“I just want to get better with my foot work, work on my outside game, and just become an all-around player on both ends,” Johnson, 6-foot-9, communicated to me via a text message Wednesday.
In terms of the camps this summer, Johnson said, “I just want to play and have some fun.”
Another potential Class of 2011 recruit for Arizona — shooting guard/wing player Damien Leonard of Greenville (S.C.) J. L. Mann High School — will play in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in North Carolina this weekend. He will be part of the Team Power (Georgia) AAU team that will play at the Dean E. Smith Center on the North Carolina campus beginning Friday night.
A week after unofficially visiting Arizona on May 15-16, Leonard traveled West again last weekend to train with the adidas Nations team in Las Vegas. Leonard’s mentor Willis Holliday told me after the Arizona visit that this summer for Leonard will not include a strenuous schedule other than the Gibbons TOC event, adidas Nations events and the AAU Super Showcase in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in late July.
One of Johnson’s greatest assets is his versatility, according to recruiting guru Van Coleman.
“He can face (the basket) and pop a 12-footer, or explode to the rim to create highlight dunks, and acrobatic finishes,” Coleman, of Hoopmasters.com, reports. “He has big hops and and a long frame that allows him to go over opponents to pull down rebounds.”
Johnson figures to shore up the UA’s frontcourt following the departure of Jamelle Horne, who will exhaust his eligibility after 2010-11 season.