UA basketball: Wildcats expected to land five-star Calif. forward Stanley Johnson on Friday

2013-11-14T20:19:00Z UA basketball: Wildcats expected to land five-star Calif. forward Stanley Johnson on FridayBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats are expected to line up yet another five-star recruit Friday when Southern California wing Stanley Johnson publicly announces where he will play college basketball.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Mater Dei High School who is rated among the Top 10 players in the class of 2014, is expected to choose between UA, Kentucky and USC. However, the Los Angeles Times quoted sources Thursday saying Johnson would pick Arizona and 86 percent of media and recruiting analysts in a 247 Sports poll predicted Johnson would choose Arizona.

Johnson is scheduled to make his announcement at an Orange County television studio, where it will be shown on ESPNU’s recruiting special at 2 p.m. Three other Top 10 players are scheduled to announce on the show: Cliff Alexander, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Edney.

After the show, Johnson will hold a media gathering at Mater Dei High School.

Johnson initially had plans to announce his choice in January but opted to move it up because he tired of the recruiting process, according to Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight

"It went from being a lot fun to being too much,” McKnight said. “It was a lot of stress on him."

The Wildcats are also expected to receive a letter-of-intent Friday from Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College guard Kadeem Allen, who waited three days into the fall signing period to sign his Arizona letter because his mother was coming to visit.

Arizona is also scheduled to receive a letter-of-intent from Los Angeles guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright on Saturday, giving them potentially a four-player class for this fall. New Orleans forward Craig Victor already signed his Arizona letter-of-intent on Wednesday.

Arizona coach Sean Miller said earlier this week that he expected to sign “four or five” players in the class of 2014, between the fall and spring signing periods.

The Wildcats have only three scholarships open for 2014-15 as of now but they are bracing for multiple early departures that will open up more scholarships.

Miller has signed five high school all-Americans between the 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes: Kaleb Tarczewski, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona 16 2 0 0.889 34 4 0 0.895
Utah 13 5 0 0.722 26 9 0 0.743
Oregon 12 5 0 0.706 25 10 0 0.714
UCLA 11 7 0 0.611 22 14 0 0.611
Arizona State 9 9 0 0.500 19 16 0 0.543
Stanford 9 9 0 0.500 22 13 0 0.629
Oregon State 8 10 0 0.444 16 14 0 0.533
Colorado 7 10 0 0.412 16 16 0 0.500
Washington State 7 11 0 0.389 13 18 0 0.419
California 6 11 0 0.353 17 15 0 0.531
Washington 5 13 0 0.278 16 15 0 0.516
USC 3 14 0 0.176 12 19 0 0.387

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Stanford at
Old Dominion
3/31 6:00 pm
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