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.
Former Arizona forward Sidiki Johnson has landed at Providence.
Per NCAA regulations, the 6-foot-8 Johnson must sit out a year and will become eligible in December.
“It’s a good fit because it’s closer to home,” Johnson told FiveStarBasketball.com. “Coach [Ed] Cooley is a real good guy and I like the way he’s rebuilding the program up there.”
Johnson will join a loaded recruiting class that includes point guard Kris Dunn and scoring wing Ricky Ledo.
“I’m excited to build a relationship with Sidiki Johnson and his family,” Cooley said. “I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to help mold young men and give them guidance to become successful on and off the court. I am appreciative of the College for offering Sidiki the opportunity to attend the Providence College and continue his education.”
The Bronx native was averaging 0.3 points and 0.7 rebounds in three games with Arizona this season.
Johnson originally chose Arizona over Providence, Virginia Tech, St. John’s and others.
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.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.