Johnson looking at options

Jayce Johnson is one of the top post prospects in the west for 2016. Read on for an update on his recruitment, including where Arizona stands and more.

Santa Anna (Calif.) Mater Dei 2016 center Jayce Johnson is one of the better underclassmen prospects on the West Coast and is coming off an impressive AAU season where he held his own against some of the best upperclassmen in the country.

"I was happy with how I played this summer," Johnson said. "I got to play against some really good players and, as the summer went on, I got more comfortable."

The summer season helped Johnson realize his strengths and some areas for improvement as well.

"I feel my rebounding and defense are really coming along," Johnson said. "I think if I get stronger that will only get better. I'm working on my shooting right now. That's what I really want to get better at so I can be more versatile."

Although Johnson is a work in progress, his potential makes him an incredibly intriguing prospect.

"I've gotten good feedback from college coaches," Johnson said. "They talk to my dad a lot of the time, but it's good to know they like my game.

"Some of the schools that stick out are USC, Stanford, Connecticut, UNLV, and Arizona. I'm not sure when I'm going to check out schools, but those are some of the schools on the short list."

Johnson is very early in the recruiting process, but he knows that program continuity will be an important factor in his decision.

"I want to go to a place where the coach will be around and everyone gets along and is working toward improving together as a team," Johnson said.

"I also want to play in an up-tempo system where the guys can get out and make plays. I'm hopeful I can make a decision by my junior season."

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