Johnson ready to compete

Nick Johnson was in attendance at the EYBL Session #3 and talked to him about when he is arriving, the transfer of MoMo Jones, and more.

With just days to go before he enrolls at Arizona, Nick Johnson spent the weekend in Torrance watching his former Oakland Soldiers teammates play in the EYBL tournament with fellow ex-Soldier Jabari Brown.

"We just wanted to have a little Soldiers reunion," Johnson said. "Jabari and I decided to come down and see how the youngsters are doing. They're looking good. They go at it and they want the highlight reel plays so they play hard."

While this weekend he was just taking in the action, Johnson has spent a lot of time recruiting some of his former teammates to Arizona for future classes.

"I'm working on a number of the Soldiers," Johnson said. "Brandon (Ashley), Jabari (Bird), the Robinsons (Tyree and Tyrell), we've been working. We're going to have another great recruiting class to say the least."

After wrapping up his career at Findlay Prep, Johnson has been working tirelessly on getting himself ready to play at the next level.

"I'm staying the gym and working on every little thing that I have to," Johnson said. "I go down to Arizona next week for summer school and I'm really excited."

An unexpected turn of events led Lamont Jones to leave Arizona to finish his collegiate career at another college. While Johnson will miss MoMo on the court, he doesn't fault him for any of the decisions that he was forced to make off the court.

"Family problems are an entirely different thing aside from basketball," Johnson said. "You have to do what you have to do. Although we'd love to have him at Arizona, basketball is small compared to family problems.

"I don't knock him for anything he did, all I can say is we're going to miss him because he was our leader."

With MoMo out of the picture, it appears that Johnson will have to come in right away and make an immediate impact, something he is fully prepared to do.

"I'm preparing to come in and compete for a starting spot," Johnson said. "I want to keep this team where it needs to be which is right on top."

While Johnson believes he has put himself in position to be successful as a freshman, he's not yet ready to forecast the type of success he will have in his first year as an Arizona Wildcat.

"I'm not going to make any predictions about next year just yet," Johnson said. "I really just want to work hard, and we'll see what happens from there."

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