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It's Stanley Johnson Week for Wildcats

It's Stanley Johnson Week for Wildcats

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Arizona has been recruiting Stanley Johnson for years, and already lured him into visiting campus unofficially, but the Wildcats are putting on an all-out blitz this week.

According to Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight, UA assistant coaches Joe Pasternack and Damon Stoudamire stopped by Mater Dei High School on Monday to see Johnson, as did former UA players Miles Simon and Dylan Rigdon.

Then, on Monday night, UA coach Sean Miller joined his assistants for an in-home visit to Johnson and, this weekend, the Wildcats will host the five-star wing on campus for his official recruiting visit.

“At this time I can’t tell how he’s leaning but Arizona has done a very good job of recruiting him,” McKnight said.

Arizona and Kentucky are most commonly believed to be the leaders for Johnson, but Johnson is still expected to go through a long process and McKnight said his player probably won’t make a decision until January.

Johnson is also scheduled to visit Kentucky (for its Big Blue Madness), Florida, Kansas and Oregon, while taking unofficial visits to UCLA and USC. He attended a USC football game last weekend.

For the longer run, UA took a look at 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton on Monday and has offered a scholarship to 2015 small forward Derrick Jones.

The Wildcats (and pretty much the rest of the country) are taking another look at 2015 big man Stephen Zimmerman, too.

Myles Turner has done some recruitment scheduling... that doesn't involve Arizona.

Former UA commit Eric Cooper, who decommitted just before former high school teammate Grant Jerrett declared for the NBA draft last spring, has now committed to Nevada. A fifth-year senior who had reclassified in part because of injuries that set back his development, is scheduled to play for IMG Academy this season.

Kyryl Natyazhko had 11 points to help Ukraine boot Great Britian out of EuroBasket.

Washington State officially promoted Rod Jepsen to assistant coach, replacing the departed Ben Johnson.

Washington picked up center Robert Upshaw, a onetime UA recruiting target who had a rocky career at Fresno State.

Meanwhile, the Huskies' Hikeem Stewart has plenty to prove this season.

Missed this from the weekend, but it looks like Gabe York showed off some other moves at his brother's wedding...

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