Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Stanley Johnson visited Arizona this past weekend for the annual Red-Blue Game as well as the Arizona-USC football game, won by the Trojans, 38-31.
At the football game, some USC fans made signs urging Johnson to pick the Trojans and not to pick Kentucky, which he is considering along with Arizona, USC, Florida and Oregon. (The picture above was Tweeted by @UKsportstalk1)
“That’s crazy,” Johnson told SNY.tv Monday. “I love it. I’m glad to see USC basketball fan support.”
As for basketball side of things, Johnson saw freshman Aaron Gordon, Johnson’s former Oakland Soldiers teammate, go for 12 points and 13 rebounds in the Red-Blue Game and win the Slam Dunk contest.
“I learned that the fans are crazy and they are still recruiting other good players,” Johnson said. “The game was great. The energy was crazy in that arena.”
The 6-foot-6 Johnson still has four visits planned — to Kentucky (Oct. 18), Oregon (Oct. 24), Florida (Nov. 1) and USC (Nov. 15).
“I will be in Lexington this weekend,” he said.
Johnson will be joined by several other 2014 players, including Kentucky pledge Tyler Ulis, James Blackmon Jr. and Trey Lyles.
With Kelly Oubre off the board to Kansas, Kentucky is looking to land some combination of Johnson, Blackmon Jr. and Devin Booker on the wing.
Johnson previously said he plans to commit after the New Year.
Gordon Photo: Tucson Citizen
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.