Talented Texan vistited Tucson

Arizona has already gotten a great jump start on their 2007 recruiting class with the commitments of Alex Jacobson and Jerryd Bayless but they don't want to stop the momentum. The Wildcats hosted 2007 combo forward Gary Johnson on an unofficial visit over the weekend.

The Cats have some momentum, but they were not able to add to the class during Johnson's visit. Johnson described the visit as "good", but Johnson is always understated and it is tough to discern just how Johnson really felt.

Johnson did say that the visit solidified Arizona among his top schools.

"I already liked Arizona as a top school," Johnson said. "The visit didn't change a thing. Arizona is still a top school on my list."

Right now the Cats are on that list along with Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and Connecticut.

Don't expect Johnson to take any more visits, which seems to indicate that a decision is not forthcoming. His Aldine High School team is undefeated and Johnson wants to concentrate on his junior season before worrying much more about his college choice.

"Nah, no early commitments," Johnson said.

Johnson's visit was a bit limited for a few reasons. First of all, on an unofficial visit the staff is very limited in what they can do. Secondly, the University was not a real happening place with many of the students home for the Thanksgiving holiday.

"They said I could not have as much fun because of the Holiday," Johnson said. "That's okay, it was still good."

Johnson came out to Tucson as Wildcat signee Nic Wise was on hand to make his official visit to Tucson. The two were teammates on the Houston Hoops and apparently Wise wants to keep playing with the athletic forward.

It seems safe to say that Wise is making a pretty good sales pitch.

"Oh yeah, he's telling me to come every day," Johnson said.

Wise is not the only one, fellow Houston Hoops alums Jawann McClellan and Fendi Onobun have been trying to persuade Johnson. In fact, it is not just Houstonians who are getting in the act. Apparently Hassan Adams and Mustafa Shakur have also let Johnson know that he would make a good Wildcat.

One highlight of the trip was watching the Wildcats dismantle Virginia.

"They played very well," Johnson said. "They'll be a lot better when Jawann gets back."

One player that you always hear Johnson getting compared to is Shawn Marion. The two not only play alike, but they look alike as well with their long wingspans.

Johnson understands the comparisons but is not ready to embrace them. He feels he has a lot of work to do before he can be compared to the NBA all-star.

"There is a lot I can do to draw that comparison, but there is a lot I can't do, so it is too early to make those comparisons," Johnson noted.


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