July 1, 2006

Zane Johnson commits to Arizona

Arizona's 2007 recruiting class is one step closer to being complete. Small forward/shooting guard Zane Johnson from Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona came to the UA Skill Camp hoping for an offer, which he received.

"He just called me and told me he committed to Arizona," said Anthony Ray, founder of the Arizona Magic.

It's not much of a surprise that he jumped on the opportunity by committing to Lute Olson Saturday afternoon in Tucson, making him the third player in Arizona's 2007 recruiting class.

Johnson is ranked 67th in the country by Rivals.com and received recruiting attention throughout the process by schools such as Florida, Gonzaga, UCLA, USC, Arizona State and others.

6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Johnson is known as a pure shooter, but has a very high basketball I.Q., is a good passer, a smart defender and someone that is going to do well in school and have good chemistry with his teammates.

He averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior and looks to be one of the top few players in state as a senior.

Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer offers the following scouting report of Johnson:

"Johnson is a very good shooter with strong overall skills with the ball. His shooting prowess opens up the rest of his game. He is also a heady and effective defender who has a knack at coming up with the ball even though he is not overly athletic. He is a solid athlete, however, and a very solid overall wing prospect."

Ray has had some very high words for Johnson.

"He's improved a tremendous amount," said Ray. "Not only is it the overall growth and maturity but this year alone he's gotten much tougher physically. Zane is a better defender now - he's made great strides in that area - but he's also a leader. He's more vocal and he makes a lot of sacrifices for his team.

"On his high school team, Zane is a superstar. He averaged almost 30 points a game as a junior but what we've tried to teach him is that he needs to work hard every single day on the defensive end as well as the offensive end to become a complete player. He's doing that now, which is why you're starting to see him become such a good player."

After the Arizona Cactus Classic, Johnson told GOAZCATS.com that Arizona is where he wants to be. It looks like he got his wish.

"I love it here," Johnson said. "It's a really nice campus and nice school. The school is close to home, I know a lot of people that go here so I have friends here and basketball wise, it's a great place with great coaching. It's the place to go for a wing; so many players have gone to the NBA from here."

GOAZCATS.com will have much more on Zane Johnson's commitment soon.


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