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.