Published Thursday, July 30, 2009 | 2:17 p.m.
Updated Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009 | 5:25 p.m.
Nick Johnson is the latest elite basketball player to transfer to Findlay College Prep for the 2009-10 season.
A 6-foot-3 guard from Chandler (Ariz.) Highland High, Johnson, the son of former Arizona State player Joey Johnson and the nephew of the late Hall of Fame guard Dennis Johnson, will be a Pilot for two seasons.
The recruiting service Rivals.com ranks him 28th in his class in the country, and another insider says he’s “super athletic” and a “highlight waiting to happen” in transition or the half court.
Johnson averaged 15 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season at Highland. He transferred when coach Mark Carlino moved on to Bloomington, Ind. His son, Matt, committed to Indiana.
North Carolina, Kentucky, Connecticut, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Arizona State and Arizona are among the colleges after Johnson.
“He will be a key part in continuing to build on what the program has accomplished,” said Findlay coach Mike Peck, “and he will help us continue to compete at the national level.”
Johnson joins an incredibly talented Findlay squad that won the first ESPN National High School Invitational in April to cap a 33-0 season.
Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson, and power forwad Godwin Okonji, are the star returnees from that undefeated squad.
Newcomers include Winston Shepard, Marko Petrovic, Dekeeba Battee-aston, Nigel Williams-Goss and Jabari Brown.