A USA Today story published here at TucsonCitizen.com earlier Saturday reported that Arizona recruit Sidiki Johnson is no longer with the prestigious Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill basketball program.
Oak Hill coach Steve Smith declined to comment on the situation after his team defeated Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day 103-76 in the Presidential Hoopfest at Upper Marlboro (Md.).
The story, written by Jim Halley of USA Today, states that the Warriors played without Johnson and guard Ben McLemore. Halley writes that Smith would not comment on the two seniors other than to say they were no longer at Oak Hill.
Johnson was unavailable for comment.
“We may have been affected by that (the absence of Johnson and McLemore) … I think some of the other players wanted to prove something,” guard Nick Hornsby told Halley.
Johnson, who hails from Bronx, N.Y., is a 6-foot-9-inch, 220-pound power forward who signed a national letter of intent with Sean Miller‘s program last November. He missed most of this season with a hairline stress fracture in his left foot.
He is one of three players who has signed with Arizona. Henderson (Nev.) Findlay guard Nick Johnson and Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy guard Josiah Turner have also signed with the Wildcats.
San Diego Hoover High School post player Angelo Chol became the fourth member of Arizona’s Class of 2011 with his much-publicized verbal commitment Thursday.
Sidiki Johnson’s athletic and academic future at the high school level is uncertain at this time with his departure from Oak Hill. Turner was dismissed from the Sacramento High School team last month after missing games and practices while deciding his future at the school. Turner transferred QEA to concentrate on his academics and play basketball for the Fighting Pharaohs.
Sidiki Johnson has a long-standing affiliation with Arizona, with his verbal commitment to Miller and assistant Book Richardson in August 2009. Richardson, a Queens, N.Y., native, was also instrumental in attracting current Wildcats Lamont “MoMo” Jones from Harlem and Kevin Parrom, who like Sidiki Johnson is from the Bronx.
“Book and I have a good relationship,” Sidiki Johnson said at the time of his commitment. “It means a lot knowing that when I get out there, he’ll be there to help me out.”