Wide open Johnson taking his time

It is pretty clear that Arizona has made Houston's Gary Johnson a recruiting priority. The power forward has a ton of big time suitors, so the competition is fierce. The nation's eight rated player gave us a brief update on his recruitment.

The 6-7 Johnson has been giving out various recruiting lists over the past few months but now claims that he is wide open.

"Everyone is still the same," Johnson said. "I really haven't had anytime to sit down and evaluate the schools. Right now I am really just open to anyone until after the summer where I will have a top five." Although he declined to list his top schools, Duke, North Carolina, UConn, Kentucky, Texas and Arizona have long been involved.

While he declined to name favorites he did say that he expected Arizona would be in it until the end.

"It's hot," Johnson said while in Tucson to play in the Cactus Classic. "I love it. I like it out here. It's a pretty nice place."

Johnson has made a few unofficial visits to Tucson. This time around his Houston Hoops team made it to the finals of the event before falling to Pump N Run.

As of now Johnson plans on making his college selection on or around his birthday in late October. Although he does not know what teams he will eventually look at, he does know what he needs in a school.

"(I need a place) where I will feel comfortable," Johnson noted. "A place where I can come in and play."

Although Johnson gives up a few inches in height to many of the power forwards he is accustomed to facing, he rarely gets out worked. That high motor actually seemed to hurt him a tad in Tucson. Johnson fought for every loose ball and rebound, while battling double teams and a lot of contact. By the final day of the tournament he looked like he was dragging.

Johnson admitted that he needs to better adjust to traveling and the rigors of playing multiple games per day.

He is no newcomer to the AAU scene but he is new to having to shoulder the load and get the brunt of everyone's attention. He and Jai Lucas have not only had to pick up the scoring load for the Houston Hoops, but they've had to become the leaders of that young team."

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