Now preparing for his second year at the helm of the Arizona basketball program, Sean Miller has had some time to really work future recruits. Wednesday night, Miller landed perhaps the most important recruit of his time in Tucson when Arizona native Nick Johnson came to town and informed the Wildcats staff that he would play his college ball at Arizona.
Heavily targeted by Arizona since before Miller arrived, the 6-foot-2 Johnson -- who plays his high school ball for mighty Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada -- is a monster athlete and a kid who was a near must-get for the Wildcats staff.
According to the 45th ranked player in the class of 2011, the commitment was kind of a spur of the moment thing.
"I just woke up today and I felt something and wanted to commit," Johnson told Rivals.com affiliate GOAZCATS.com. "So we thought we'd take a road trip to Tucson and surprise coach (Sean) Miller."
Perhaps the premier wing athlete in the country, Johnson is coming off of a strong junior year at Findlay and an outstanding summer with the Oakland Soldiers. A high flyer who has become a bit of a youtube sensation for his aerial antics, he's also the owner of a much improved floor game and has been recruited to play both shooting and point guard during his career.
Though he could have dragged things out and taken scheduled visits to places like Kansas and Louisville, Johnson decided that the relationship he'd built with the Arizona staff was too good to pass up.
"I have a great relationship with all the coaches there," Johnson said. "I know I can just be myself around them. It's a great school as far as basketball and guards. We've just got to keep it going. They're great guys to talk to, good to be around and they're great recruiters. "