CHICAGO – Among other things, it is now clear that Arizona Wildcats signee Stanley Johnson is a lights out shooter.

Literally, at least.

Concord (Calif.) De La Salle coach Frank Allocco found that out when he tried to escort his McDonald’s West team out of practice before Wednesday’s McDonald’s All American game.

“When practice ended, he wanted to just keep working on his game,” Allocco said of Johnson. “He took about 100 shots. The lights went out and I’m feeding him (balls to shoot) in the dark. I’m thinking what a beautiful scene this is.

“Arizona’s got a great one in that kid, one of the finest kids I’ve ever seen in my life. And he’s going to get better.”

Johnson actually was on the floor in Sacramento leading Mater Dei High School to a fourth straight state title Saturday when the Wildcats finished up their loss to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight.

But he has the same thoughts that many UA fans probably do.

“They had a great season. I thought they had a great game against Wisconsin,” Johnson said, after playing in the McDonald’s All American Game on Wednesday. “Nick had a good (final) shot. I thought he had a great look at the rim. I thought they made a terrible call on the push-off.”

Johnson said he has steered clear of the decisions several current Wildcats are making about whether or not to leave for the NBA.

“You know what? My philosophy is if you think you’re leaving for the NBA, please make your move and go,” Johnson said. “If I could do it, I would too. But that’s their decision. Of course I want them to stay but for me personally I’m not going to affect their decision.”

Jason Gardner is looking to create some excitement as the new coach at IUPUI.

Ernie Kent is already doing that at WSU (though the free pizza probably didn't hurt).

A Cal fan blog says Joe Pasternack's recruiting ability and connections could help him land the Bears' job, while speculating on the candidates' credentials.

Our coverage from the McDonald's game, in case you missed it: A featurized game story on Johnson and notes.

Here's the official box score from the McDonald's game. 

It was probably a good sight for Duke and UNC fans.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball