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 is the latest high-profile recruit to set his announcement for Friday at 4 p.m. ET.
The news was first reported by Ben Roberts of NextCats, who spoke with Johnson’s high school coach, Gary McKnight.
The 6-foot-6 Johnson joins Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander as big-time prospects who will announce Friday on ESPNU.
He will choose from among Arizona, Kentucky, USC, Oregon and Florida, although it may be more of a three-team race between the first three.
Johnson recently told SNY.tv that following his recent visit to USC he would be taking a break before any future visits and hadn’t set dates for Oregon or Florida.
“I’m not really into decision-mode at this point,” he told SNY.tv last week.
Now, apparently that has changed and Johnson is ready to pull the trigger.
Arizona has long been considered a favorite, and has a pipeline to Johnson’s AAU team, the Oakland Soldiers.
Kentucky is Kentucky, and Johnson told SNY.tv he was still considering them.
And USC is the local option that has made a strong impression on him.
“It really is close as a person going through recruitment,” he told SNY.tv last week. “They’re doing a great job recruiting me. Both schools [Kentucky and Arizona] are.”
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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