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.
One of the hottest prospects in the month of July was Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep guard Nick Johnson.
Johnson led the Drew Gooden Soldiers to wins at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas and at the Pumps event in Anaheim, Calif. He is ranked the No. 13 shooting guard in the Class of 2011, but can play both guard positions well.
Wherever Johnson and the Soldiers went last month, a slew of high-profile head coaches followed.
Now, Johnson is narrowing his list and a decision is coming closer.
An Arizona native, Johnson will take unofficials to Arizona and Arizona State followed by officials to Louisville and Kansas.
And he could make a decision soon after.
“Right now I’ve got some unofficials and some officials,” he said Friday night by phone after scoring 22 points in USA West’s 112-108 loss to France in the Nike Global Challenge in Portland, Ore.
“I’ve got an unofficial to ASU next weekend,” Johnson added. “I’m scheduling one with U of A sometime in August.”
In September, Johnson has two officials in mind.
“I take my first official to Louisville Sept. 10,” Johnson said.
(His Soldiers teammate Josiah Turner visits Louisville the weekend before, Sept. 4).
After Louisville, Johnson wants to visit Kansas.
“Then I’m also going to take an official to Kansas, maybe the weekend after (Sept. 17),” he said.
Johnson is uncertain what will happen after that.
“I just want to take one this weekend and see what’s going on with the rest,” he said. “Maybe set a few more. If not, these could be my final four.”
Asked when he might decide, Johnson said, “Maybe mid- to late-September.”
Wherever he lands, Johnson could have a tremendous future based on his summer performance.
“I want to be an impact player my freshman year coming in,” he said. “I think I could handle the ball and run the team pretty good.”
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.