The odyssey continues for Class of 2011 Arizona basketball recruit Sidiki Johnson, who has found a new high school to attend, but his playing days at that level are over.
NYCHoops.net reported Monday that Johnson, a 6-foot-9-inch, 220-pound, power forward, is in the process transferring to Wadleigh, a public high school in Harlem, N.Y. to complete his core courses and other high school requirements. He was dismissed from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson (Va.) for violating an undisclosed team rule, Warriors coach Steve Smith confirmed with me Sunday.
Wadleigh coach Mike Crump told NYCHoops.net that Johnson is expected to start school next Monday or Tuesday.
“He won’t be able to play on our team,” Crump said in the report. “Our playoff roster is already in but he will be able to practice with us.”
Johnson, whose letter of intent to Arizona to play basketball for coach Sean Miller remains valid, originally played with St. Raymond High School in his native Bronx, N.Y. He transferred to St. Benedict’s in New Jersey for his junior season. Before this year, Johnson transferred to Oak Hill.
Smith, who has produced the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo at Oak Hill, indicated to me that he hopes Johnson’s progression to Arizona academically works out. Johnson was dismissed from the school along with senior wing player Ben McLemore, who has narrowed his choices to Kansas and Missouri.
“I hope they get into schools right away,” Smith told me.
Arizona sophomore guard Lamont “MoMo” Jones is also an Oak Hill grad.