UA’s Sean Miller lands commitment from guard Nick Johnsonby Anthony Gimino on Aug. 18, 2010, under Sports
Arizona coach Sean Miller has landed one of his biggest recruiting targets — super-athletic 6-2 point guard Nick Johnson from Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.
Johnson committed to the Wildcats on Wednesday night. According to Gary Randazzo of TucsonCitizen.com partner WildcatSportsReport.com, Johnson and his mother, Michelle, drove to Tucson in the afternoon to deliver the news in person to the coaching staff.
“Nick feels like this is the best fit,” Michelle told WildcatSportsReport.com. “He wants to help Arizona get to the next level and bring back the winning tradition.”
Johnson joins power forward Sidiki Johnson in Miller’s Class of 2011. The coach has said he would like to take three players in this class. He doesn’t currently have the scholarship space, but potential transfers and a possible early entry to the NBA (sophomore forward Derrick Williams?) could take care of that.
Johnson was setting up to take official visits to Kansas and Louisville next month, but Miller and his staff convinced the guard to commit now. Johnson, whose family lives in the Phoenix area and spent two years at Gilbert Highland High School, had been leaning toward the Wildcats for some time.
Johnson averaged 14.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last season for Findlay. His father is former ASU player Joey Johnson, who once set a world record by making a dunk with the rim at 11 feet, 7 inches. Nick Johnson’s uncle was the late NBA star Dennis Johnson.
Naturally, Johnson has quite the vertical jump. Javier Morales of the TucsonCitizen.com Sports Network saw Johnson play last month at a tournament in Las Vegas and wrote that Johnson’s potential is literally through the roof.
Nick Johnson is ranked as the 45th-best prospect by Rivals.com. Sidiki Johnson is No. 67.