Nov. 10, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller announced Wednesday that Nick Johnson, Sidiki Johnson and Josiah Turner have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. The trio is expected to enroll in July.
Nick Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard from Gilbert, Ariz., is ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect in the country and the No. 8 shooting guard by rivals.com to go with a scout grade of 96 by espn.com. Johnson, who preps at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., averaged 14.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game as a junior in leading Findlay to a 32-2 record for coach Mike Peck.
He is a Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first-team selection. He helped Findlay win the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational, where he averaged 12 points and three steals per game in the tournament, and competed in the Boost Mobile Elite 24 All-Star game in Venice, Calif. Johnson also competed in the Under Armor slam dunk contest.
Nick attended Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., for two years before transferring to Findlay Prep. His father, "Jumpin'" Joey Johnson, played collegiately at Arizona State, while his uncle is the late Dennis Johnson, a 14-year NBA veteran and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee.
"Nick is a special player who will have an immediate impact on our program," said Miller. "He has the ability to play both guard positions, is a superior athlete on both ends of the floor and is really becoming an excellent shooter and explosive athlete. Nick is a fantastic kid and we are ecstatic to have him as a part of our program."
Sidiki Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from the Bronx, N.Y., is ranked as the No. 71 overall prospect in the country and the No. 11 power forward by rivals.com to go with a scout grade of 94 by espn.com. Johnson, who currently preps at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., played for legendary high school coach Bob Hurley as a junior at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J., and earned first-team all-city honors from the New York Post. He claimed most-valuable-player honors at the Nike Tournament of Champions Youth Showcase in August 2009, scoring 36 points to lead his squad to victory.
Sidiki averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds per game as a sophomore at St. Raymond's High School. He played in the Pangos All-America Camp and the Cream of the Crop Top-20 All-Star Game, where he tallied six point and five rebounds.
He will be the sixth recruit with Oak Hill ties to sign with Arizona, joining Orlando Vega (1988), Ben Davis (1991), Stephen Jackson (1996), Brandon Jennings (2008) and Lamont Jones (2009).
"Sidiki is a versatile forward who we are counting on to provide both size and rebounding to our frontcourt," said Miller. "He is a rugged, physical player who has played against tough competition his entire life and that has made him a great competitor. Sidiki will have an opportunity to contribute to our program at more than one position throughout his career and his addition gives us much-needed size."
Turner, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard from Sacramento, Calif., is ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect in the country and the No. 2 point guard by rivals.com to go with a scout grade of 97 by espn.com. Turner, who preps at Sacramento High School, averaged 27.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game as a junior in leading SHS to a 26-7 record for coach Derek Swafford and a berth in the California State Regional Division II final.
He is a Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first-team selection, and earned ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports boys state Athlete-of-the-Week honors after breaking the Sac-Joaquin Section playoff scoring record with 127 points. Turner was named metro Player of the Year by the Sacramento Bee and was a third-team all-state selection as a junior. He tallied a career-high 48 points against Pasadena High School in December.
A solid student, Turner carries a 3.3 grade point average. His sister, Quanisha, played college basketball at IUPUI and Chico State.
"Josiah is a pure point guard who makes the game easier for his teammates because he is unselfish, has great vision and knows how to play the game," said Miller. "He is blessed with great size for a point guard, which makes him an ideal fit for us defensively as well. I am confident that Josiah will carry on the great tradition of point-guard play at Arizona."
Miller and his staff have earned national recognition for this recruiting class as a whole. ESPN.com ranks the class as No. 8 nationally, while rivals.com lists the class as No. 9.
"We have a class of three individually talented players," Miller continued. "However, they are also great kids who all come from winning environments where they have faced great competition. A year from now, this class will have a significant impact on our team and the program's continued development. Our future is brightened by their addition today."
Miller and the Wildcats open the 2010-11 campaign on Sunday, Nov. 14, vs. Idaho State. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. MST and can be seen on KWBA-TV and FS Arizona.