Johnson commits to Wildcats
By Bruce Pascoe
AZ Daily Star
Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 7:43 pm
The telephone listed for Nick Johnson (6-3 185 PG Findlay Prep, NV) just sent me a text saying the shooting guard from Phoenix has committed to Arizona. I have not been able to reach him for additional comment yet.
That move will set up an interesting scenario for Sean Miller, who now will have to decide if he will take point guard Jahii Carson as well, if Carson wants to come. Carson's mother, Vanae, said Miller has indicated that would be no problem -- and she said she wouldn't mind if both guards came to UA -- though Johnson is believed to be interested in playing point guard.
Miller has no scholarships to offer in the class of 2011 but the Wildcats are recruiting to offer one or two extra in case of early departures or other roster movement.
Posted in Pascoe on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 7:43 pm Updated: 7:47 pm.
Carson to visit UA first
By Bruce Pascoe
AZ Daily Star
Posted: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:24 pm
Jahii Carson will take his first official recruiting visit to Arizona on the weekend of Sept. 17, his mother, Vanae Carson, said tonight.
Carson has also scheduled official visits at Washington on Oct. 9 and at UNLV for Oct. 16. St. John's and another school (possibly UCLA) are likely also receive visits at some point, she said.
Vanae Carson also said UNLV coach Lon Kruger and Washington coach Lorenzo Romar have scheduled in-home visits before each hosts Jahii on campus, too.
Among other things, Carson's mother said her son is curious to see whether Isaiah Thomas will leave Washington and whether ASU will run a more uptempo offense this season.
But Jahii may not have time to find out: Although Carson has said he is willing to wait until after the fall signing period to make a decision -- and his mother wants him to carefully sort out his options -- Vanae Carson said she would try to get her son to decide sooner.
"I don't want him to go into December or January," she said. "I can tell you, he's extremely conflicted."
A teacher at Central Arizona College, Vanae Carson is an ASU graduate who also started pursuing a PhD at ASU. She has put the studies on hold because of the demands surrounding her son, and says she is thinking of resuming her studies at Arizona (but only because of UA's offerings and not because Jahii might play there, she said).
"I don't have any allegiance to either school," she said. "I like Herb (Sendek) as much as Sean (Miller). I think they are both authentic individuals. The difference is Miller has coached a certain kind of game that Jahii fits into and Sendek is saying he's going to change. Jahii wants to play uptempo. And what we hear is that if Jahii commits (to ASU) other kids are going to want to come because they know he delivers.
"He is confused. He is genuinely confused, and has been since Vegas. He was tired and there was a flood of calls. ...
"We've told the coaches they should allow him to go through the process. For us, it's the first time making a life decision. They should be patient with him and not pressure him."
Posted in Pascoe on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:24 pm Updated: 8:30 pm.