For Sidiki Johnson, a visit to Arizona last weekend wasn't about deciding to play for the Wildcats.

It was experiencing life as a Wildcat.

Johnson's mentor, Bernard Bowen, said he purposely wanted Johnson to travel to the official visit last weekend by himself. So Johnson took off from Oak Hill Academy and Bowen stayed home in New York.

"It was just time for him to go and have a great time," Bowen said. "He saw his future teammates, watched a practice and had a great time. I thought it was good for him to go."

Johnson's visit also wasn't about re-recruiting him, really, since he's been a solid commit since August 2009 and stayed solid in part because of strong relationships with Sean Miller and Book Richardson.

"Book's like my brother and Sean's a great, great, great guy," Bowen said. "They're just good people. I'm lucky and blessed to know them. A lot of people get caught up in playing for schools but they don't have relationships with the coaches."

Johnson is expected to sign a letter-of-intent next month to play for the Wildcats in 2011-12 along with guards Nick Johnson and Josiah Turner.


Utah coach Jim Boylen will run the Utes through a scrimmage/practice tonight in Salt Lake City, before the team will travel to Tucson this weekend to face the Wildcats in a private scrimmage.


Lorenzo Romar says Washington has a "long ways to go" after holding a private intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend.

Don Ruiz of the News-Tribune puts the Huskies No. 1 on his preseason Pac-10 ballot but has Arizona right behind at No. 2.


Quinn Cook is still weighing his options.

-- has an early look at how the 68-team NCAA tournament will break down, as well as a reminder that the Wildcats won't be able to play in the McKale Center games if they make it.


Josh Pastner has suspended Jelan Kendrick.

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball