While ranking Nick Johnson the No. 10 NBA Draft prospect in the Pac-12, Draft Express says Johnson has "decidedly mixed" chances of making it in the league in its detailed analysis.
"His ceiling has never been particularly high, but he will have to evolve into a more productive player if he wants to prove his case to scouts," Draft Express' Kyle Nelson wrote. "The good news for Johnson is that the tools are there, and his effort on the defensive end will guarantee him playing time despite Arizona's increasingly improving perimeter rotation.
"Athletic combo-guards are increasingly becoming fixtures in NBA rotations; therefore it is up to Nick Johnson to prove that he has what it takes to develop into a legitimate prospect on the foundation of a solid sophomore season."
From what Johnson and Sean Miller have said, Johnson has made shooting a big point of emphasis in the offseason and he's still likely to play some on the ball, maybe more if Jordin Mayes is not producing. So it will be interesting to see if he can help himself there.
Incidentally, Draft Express rates Kaleb Tarczewski the fourth-best prospect in the Pac-12 but does not include freshmen in its ratings. ASU's Jahii Carson, a UA target along with Johnson and Josiah Turner back in the summer of 2010, was rated Draft Express' No. 1 prospect in the Pac-12.
Versatility has become a big priority at Michigan.
The Cliff Alexander Tour stops in Lawrence, Kan., this weekend for Late Night in the Phog.
Findlay's Rashad Vaughn, a five-star UA target from the class of 2014, has scheduled an official visit (across town) at UNLV for Nov. 28.
Looks like Oregon may not have received a commitment from forward Ray Kasongo, who appeared to be headed there Wednesday.
Ahmad Starks will have to sit out at Illinois this season after his waiver request to play immediately after leaving Oregon State was denied. Starks played fewer minutes toward the end of last season while Craig Robinson went with Challe Barton as the starting point guard.
Who has the best 2014 recruiting class in the Pac-12 after Arizona, according to ESPN? It's ... Utah, so far at least.
Our Zack Rosenblatt had a feature on Matt Korcheck today, if you missed it.