Santa Ana, CA wing player Stanley Johnson, the Arizona Wildcats' highest rated recruiting target who remains unsigned, will reportedly join Sean Miller's program Friday afternoon (via Los Angeles Times).
Potentially signing Johnson is significant news for the Arizona Wildcats in a time when Miller is regularly bringing in some of the top classes in the nation. TucsonCitizen.com reports that Miller's past three classes have been ranked in the top 5 nationally by Rivals.com: Fourth in 2011, third in 2012 and fourth again in 2013.
The Arizona Wildcats have signed four McDonald's All-Americans in that time span—Brandon Ashley and Grant Jerrett in 2012 and Aaron Gordon and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson in 2013. The 2011 class included Rivals.com five-star point guard Josiah Turner and four-star shooting guard Nick Johnson.
Turner became a disciplinary mess for Miller and the Arizona Wildcats. He left Arizona after only one year. Nick Johnson, however, has evolved into one of the most productive players for the program in his junior season (via WildAboutAZCats.net).
Stanley Johnson can bring more to the Arizona Wildcats than fellow AAU Oakland Soldiers alumni Nick Johnson, Gordon and Ashley.
Oakland Soldiers coach Jules Milstead, who has coached Stanley Johnson, Gordon and Ashley, told me during the summer circuit in Las Vegas that Stanley Johnson has no equal. That's saying a mouthful because Gordon is projected to be an NBA lottery pick (via DraftExpress.com)
“Stanley is best player I’ve ever coached,” said Milstead, who is in the third year as head coach with the Oakland Soldiers but has been affiliated with the program longer. “Aaron was the best, last year. Those two kids, I can get on them really tough and they respond. Other kids see that and it just trinkles down. Stanley is the best kid to put on a Soldier uniform.”
In addition to Miller's recruiting presence on the West Coast and Stanley Johnson's skills, this slideshow details the impact on the Arizona Wildcats program if Johnson signs today as expected.