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McGair: Friars finally get their big man in Arizona transfer Johnson

February 1, 2012

Per the Providence College athletic department:

PROVIDENCE -- Providence College men’s basketball Head Coach Ed Cooley announced Tuesday 2012 that student-athlete Sidiki Johnson (Harlem, N.Y.) has transferred to Providence College. Johnson, a freshman, attended the University of Arizona for the 2011 Fall Semester.
Johnson, a 6-9, 235-pound forward, graduated from Wadleigh High School in Harlem in 2011. He signed a national letter of intent to attend the University of Arizona on November 10, 2010. Johnson was ranked as the No. 71 overall prospect in the country and the No. 11 power forward in 2011, according to Rivals.com. ESPN.com gave him a scout grade of 94. Johnson played for Danny Hurley his junior season at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J. While at St. Benedict’s he earned First Team All-City honors from the New York Post. Johnson earned the most valuable player honors at the Nike Tournament of Champions Youth Showcase in August 2009 after scoring 36 points to lead his team to victory.
I’m excited to build a relationship with Sidiki Johnson and his family,” Cooley said. “I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to help mold young men and give them guidance to become successful on and off the court. I am appreciative of the College for offering Sidiki the opportunity to attend the Providence College and continue his education.”
Johnson joins a highly ranked 2012 recruiting class of guards Kris Dunn (New London, Conn.), Rick Ledo (Providence, R.I.) and John Fortune (Hampton, Va.). Each of these players signed a national letter of intent in November to attend Providence College beginning in September 2012. CBSSports.com rated Cooley’s first recruiting class as the fifth best in the nation, while Scout.com has it ranked No. 8 and ESPN.com
ranked the class as the ninth best in the country. It is one of the highest rated
recruiting classes in the history of the program as the 1990 class (Dickey Simpkins, Michael Smith, Rob Phelps and Troy Brown) was ranked No. 4 in the nation and the 1974 class (Bruce Campbell, Bill Eason and Bob Misevicius) was ranked sixth.

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