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Johnsons list down to six

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GARDENGROVE,Calif.--Thedoorsdidn'topenattheNextLevelSportsComplexuntil6p.m.PacifictimeFriday,butnearlyhalfanhourbeforethefirstsessionofNikeEYBLtippedoff,thelineofcollegecoacheswaitingtoseerecruitsinsidewrappedaroundhalfthebuilding.Awho'swhoofNorthCarolina'sRoyWilliams,Indiana'sTomCrean,Michigan'sJohnBeilein,Kentucky'sJohnCalipariandmanymorepiledintothegymandcaughtthefirstshowoftheAprilrecruitingperiod.
Johnsonclosinginonadecision
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
Themost-attendedgameforcollegeheadcoachesbyfarwastheMacIrvinFirevs.OaklandSoldiersmatchup.Headcoachesinattendancetoseefive-starsJohnsonandRabbsquareoffagainstfive-starAlexanderincludedBeilein,Crean,Alford,Calipari,VCU'sShakaSmart,Washington'sLorenzoRomarClickHeretoviewthisLink.,Arizona'sSeanMillerClickHeretoviewthisLink.,EnfieldandMemphisClickHeretoviewthisLink.'JoshPastnerClickHeretoviewthisLink..
Five-starMacIrvinFirecenterJahlilOkaforClickHeretoviewthisLink.wassupposedtoplayinthebiggameFridaynight,buthesaidhewillbeoutthisweekendwithaminorankleinjury.The2014No.1overallplayersaidnothingisnewwithhisrecruitment,althoughhe'llmakeafinalschoollist"reallysoon."
AlexandersaidhehasnofavoritesbutKentuckyandMichiganStateClickHeretoviewthisLink.arerecruitinghimthehardest.
Four-starforwardandNo.46playerinthenationTrevonBluiettClickHeretoviewthisLink.saidhe'lllikelytakeanunofficialvisittoUCLAonSundayaftertheEYBLLosAngelessessionwrapsup.HisformerheadcoachatIndianapolis(Ind.)ParkTudor,EdSchilling,isnowAlford'sleadassistantinWestwood.
Four-starshootingguardGraysonAllenClickHeretoviewthisLink.saidDukeClickHeretoviewthisLink.offeredhimlastweekandhasbeenonhim"prettyhard"since.Hesaidhecouldmakehiscollegedecisionsoon.
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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