Johnson Builds Rep; Recruitment Picks Up

Sophomore standout Sidiki Johnson went to the Nike Hoop Jamboree this past weekend and put together an impressive effort. Following the event we caught up with the talented big man to get his thoughts on the camp and his recruitment.

Sidiki Johnson's reputation continues to grow.

A 6-foot-8, 215-pound big man out of Bronx (N.Y.) St. Raymond, Johnson is well known in the northeast. But this past weekend he got a chance to play against the top underclassmen in the country at the Hoop Jamboree.

"The camp was great," the 2011 prospect told "It was good. I went out there and played with some good players out there."

"I thought there was a lot of talent out there and I felt like I did pretty good against those players," he said. "Those were the top players in the country and I feel like I'm one of the top players in my class."

The best part about the Nike sponsored event was Johnson got to compare his game against some other highly regarded big man.

"It was fun out there and I got to see what the other side of the world likes besides New York and the tri-state area," Johnson said. "Overall it was a great experience. I learned a lot I just got to come home and work harder."

Prior to the Jamboree, Johnson had already developed a strong list of college suitors. Among the schools in the mix are Arizona, Kentucky, Indiana, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Providence, St. Johns and N.C. State.

"A lot of schools are interested in me," Johnson said. "I'm going to go on a visit to Kentucky soon and I went on a visit to Arizona. I've got some offers too."

"One college that I'm very interested in is Arizona," he continued. "I've already been on a visit and the campus is wonderful. Me and Sean Miller have a great relationship. We trust each other."

Despite all of the early interest, Johnson doesn't appear ready to make a decision in the near future, as he says his main focus is getting better on the court.

"I'm not worrying about that right now," he said. "I'm still young. I just go out there and play basketball. It's good to have the college interest, because before you know it I'll be going to college, but right now I just want to work on my game."

Johnson, who plays with the Long Island Lightning, will play in a number of events in July, but will start out at RBK U in Philadelphia (Pa.).

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