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GARDENGROVE,Calif.--Thedoorsdidn'topenattheNextLevelSportsComplexuntil6p.m.PacifictimeFriday,butnearlyhalfanhourbeforethefirstsessionofNikeEYBLtippedoff,thelineofcollegecoacheswaitingtoseerecruitsinsidewrappedaroundhalfthebuilding.Awho'swhoofNorthCarolina'sRoyWilliams,Indiana'sTomCrean,Michigan'sJohnBeilein,Kentucky'sJohnCalipariandmanymorepiledintothegymandcaughtthefirstshowoftheAprilrecruitingperiod.
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AfterhisteamscrapedoutabigwinoverMacIrvinFireinGame1,OaklandSoldiersstudandfive-starforwardStanleyJohnsontalkedalittlerecruiting.
Herevealedalistofsixandsaidhe'sgettingclosertofinallyendinghisrecruitingprocess.
"Oregon,UCLA,USC,Kentucky,FloridaandArizona,"Johnsonsaidofhisfinalists.
Askedtoelaborateoneachone,the6-foot-6,200-poundforwardobliged.
"Arizona,they'reagreatstaff.They'vebeenrecruitingmesinceIwasafreshman.TheyofferedmewhenIwasafreshman.Thecoachesknoweverythingaboutmeatthispoint.
"Oregon,(DanaAltman)saidhe'sgoingtogivemetheballmyfreshmanyear.HeseesmeasaplayerwhocangetthemfromtheSweet16totheFinalFour.
"Florida,theyplaymystyle.Coach(Rashon)Burnoisagreatrecruiter.Theycanputmeonthemap.
"UCLA,Ihaven'tmetwiththemyet.(SteveAlford)iscomingup;Isaw(histeam)playatNewMexico,andhedidagreatjob.
"USC,Coach(Andy)Enfield,youalreadyknow:DunkCity.Iwanttoplayfast.He'shiringsomereallygoodcoaches.TheyhiredTonyBlandandJasonHart,whoIwasreallyclosewith,sothat'sabigupforthem.
"Kentucky,obviouslyCalipari.Theywin.Iwanttowin.Asaplayer,theyplayfast.Iwanttobeapro,andtheygiveprosout.That'swhatIwanttodoinmycareerisbeanNBAplayer.SogoingtherewouldprobablyensurethatI'llbeanNBAplayer."
JohnsonwillofficiallymeetwithUCLA'snewcoachingstaffoncampusinthefirstweekofMay,buthehasnoothervisitsplanned.He'sgoingtotakehistimeevaluatinghistopsix,andhehopestohaveadecisionpriortohisseniorseasonatSantaAna(Calif.)MaterDei.
Rabbholdshisown
ForthefirstfewminutesoftheOaklandSoldiersvs.MacIrvinFirebattle,afive-starmatchuplookedlikeatechnicalknockout.TheNo.5playerinthe2014class,CliffAlexander,wasmatchedupwiththeNo.1playerinthe2015class,IvanRabb,andAlexanderdominated.
HebulliedRabb,beatinghimupontheglassandinthepaint.
Butthefive-star2015Rabbsnappedoutofitlateinthefirsthalfandstartedthrowingafewhaymakersofhisown.Hedidsowell,infact,thatheendedupdwarfingAlexander'sboxscorelinebytheendofthegame.
Alexanderfinishedwithninepointsandninerebounds,whileRabbpiledup15pointsand19boardsagainstthebigfive-star.
"He'snice,"RabbsaidofAlexanderafterthegame."IearnedeverythingIdidouttheretonight.IdidbetterthanIthoughtIwould."
Chatmandoessometrimming
Johnsonwasn'ttheonlyhigh-majorWestCoastwingdoingalittlelisttrimmingthismonth.
Four-starLongBeach(Calif.)PolyforwardKameronChatmansaidhislist,whilestillsomewhatopen,isdowntoseven.
"Oregon,Arizona,Louisville,Michigan,Washington,UConnandUCLA,"hesaid."Ifeltthattheywerethebestfitsforme."
Ofthoseschools,Chatmansaid,Michigan,WashingtonandOregonarecomingafterhimthehardest.
Fridaytip-ins
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Themost-attendedgameforcollegeheadcoachesbyfarwastheMacIrvinFirevs.OaklandSoldiersmatchup.Headcoachesinattendancetoseefive-starsJohnsonandRabbsquareoffagainstfive-starAlexanderincludedBeilein,Crean,Alford,Calipari,VCU'sShakaSmart,Washington'sLorenzoRomarClickHeretoviewthisLink.,Arizona'sSeanMillerClickHeretoviewthisLink.,EnfieldandMemphisClickHeretoviewthisLink.'JoshPastnerClickHeretoviewthisLink..
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Five-starMacIrvinFirecenterJahlilOkaforClickHeretoviewthisLink.wassupposedtoplayinthebiggameFridaynight,buthesaidhewillbeoutthisweekendwithaminorankleinjury.The2014No.1overallplayersaidnothingisnewwithhisrecruitment,althoughhe'llmakeafinalschoollist"reallysoon."
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AlexandersaidhehasnofavoritesbutKentuckyandMichiganStateClickHeretoviewthisLink.arerecruitinghimthehardest.
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Four-starforwardandNo.46playerinthenationTrevonBluiettClickHeretoviewthisLink.saidhe'lllikelytakeanunofficialvisittoUCLAonSundayaftertheEYBLLosAngelessessionwrapsup.HisformerheadcoachatIndianapolis(Ind.)ParkTudor,EdSchilling,isnowAlford'sleadassistantinWestwood.
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Four-starshootingguardGraysonAllenClickHeretoviewthisLink.saidDukeClickHeretoviewthisLink.offeredhimlastweekandhasbeenonhim"prettyhard"since.Hesaidhecouldmakehiscollegedecisionsoon.
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2015 four-star point guard Isaiah BriscoeClick Here to view this Link. said Kentucky and Duke have started to pick up interest in his recruitment. He's planning on taking visits to FloridaClick Here to view this Link., VirginiaClick Here to view this Link. and Arizona this summer.
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