Arizona basketball: Johnson's big brother to walk on with Cats

2013-07-31T00:00:00Z 2014-08-01T11:39:11Z Arizona basketball: Johnson's big brother to walk on with CatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Arizona Wildcats are adding another familiar name to their basketball roster.

Chris Johnson, the older brother of UA guard Nick Johnson, joined the Wildcats this month for practices and has been added to the team, said Michelle Mayland, the brothers' mother.

Chris Johnson will join guard Trey Mason, the son of former UA player Harvey Mason Jr., as a walk-on for next season, along with sophomore guard Jacob Hazzard, freshman forward Eric Conklin and returning forward Drew Mellon.

While Johnson has yet to be formally added to Arizona's roster, Mayland said he has been cleared by Arizona and the NCAA. He is scheduled to wear No. 52.

A 6-foot-6-inch, 215-pound wing, Chris Johnson played two seasons for former UA interim coach Russ Pennell at Grand Canyon in 2010-11 and 2011-12, then attended but did not play at Cal State San Bernardino last season. He averaged 7.5 points and 3.2 rebounds over 11 games played for Grand Canyon in 2011-12.

Chris Johnson has two years of eligibility remaining, assuming he is eligible to play this season, since he sat out last season at Cal State San Bernardino because of injuries.

Chris "is here to get a degree and what better place to get it than at Arizona, playing with his brother," Moyland said.

Moyland said Nick came up with the idea to get his brother to UA, mentioning it to coach Sean Miller last season briefly and then following through after last season ended. Chris Johnson was already friendly with several UA players and attended their appearance in the Diamond Head Classic at Honolulu last season.

"Nick is the one who told Sean, 'I want my brother to be here,'" Moyland said. "It's a great program. (Chris) wants to be a coach when he's done and would like to be a grad assistant here. Nick told him this would be a great opportunity to be part of the team."

Chris Johnson attended Desert Vista and Highland High Schools in the Phoenix area, then spent a fifth year of high school at South Kent (Conn.) in 2009-10. The brothers often spent their school breaks together in Los Angeles with their father, former ASU standout Joey Johnson, who played professionally in Sweden, the Philippines and Argentina

Rim Shots

• Utah landed a commitment from 2014 forward Brekkott Chapman, a Roy, Utah, product who was a onetime recruiting target of Arizona.

• The Wildcat players will break next week after the end of the second summer until fall classes begin on Aug. 26.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 1 0 0.909
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

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Delaware State at
12/20 70-83
12/20 42-83
Lehigh at
Arizona State
12/20 84-81
Oklahoma at
12/20 67-69
USC at
Boston College
12/21 75-71
DePaul at
12/22 2:30 pm
Wisconsin at
12/22 7:00 pm
UC-Santa Barbara at
12/22 7:00 pm
Tulane at
12/22 9:00 pm
Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
12/23 5:00 pm
South Dakota State at
12/23 7:00 pm
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