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Wildcats may have another challenger for Johnson

Wildcats may have another challenger for Johnson

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While Stanley Johnson may in fact ultimately decide between Arizona and Kentucky, as it is commonly believed, more than one analyst I've talked to has also mentioned another program.

"I don't think you can sleep on USC, either," said Scout's Evan Daniels.

This week, the Trojans showed why they are to be taken seriously, nabbing SoCal point guard Jordan McLaughlin away from the point-guard-less UCLA Bruins. McLaughlin, also a UA target until the Wildcats landed Parker Jackson-Cartwright, is a five-star recruit in ESPNU's rankings.

So it appears new coach Andy Enfield's hiring of SoCal-bred recruiters Tony Bland and Jason Hart has already paid dividends, since Bland brought with him a long relationship with McLaughlin and his family.

Already, the Bruins' misses on McLaughlin and Josh Perkins (Gonzaga) and now Quentin Snider (Illinois) have prompted a UCLA blog to paint a bleak picture of recruiting under Steve Alford. 

Meanwhile, it appears Bland, Hart and Enfield also have help in recruiting Johnson -- from USC-bound forward Malik Price-Martin.

Cliff Alexander said again (this time with an emoticon) on Twitter that this weekend's visit to Arizona "should be fun." (BTW, anyone notice a JW-like imprint among the replies?)

Justise Winslow is checking out Texas A&M this weekend.

Big man Stephen Zimmerman, the highly regarded 2015 UA target from Las Vegas, was bombarded with mail from UNLV. But his mom thought it was funny.

Also, FWIW, Zimmerman, Chase Jeter and some other pals put on a pretty cool basketball relay trick -- at a swimming pool.

Mitch McGary is finding life a bit different as a star at Michigan.

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