St. Mary's High School's top-rated prospects continue to make recruiting headlines, as many of the players from last year's undefeated state and national championship team either have headed to colleges or are committing to college programs.
St. Mary's head coach Curtis Ekmark has done an amazing job of developing his talent and showcasing them as well. After the recent commitments this spring and summer by St. Mary's star players Courtney Ekmark (UCONN commit), Danielle Williams (Michigan commit), Dominique Williams (UCLA commit) and, most recently, Chantel Osahor (Washington commit).
The next prospect in line is 5-foot-7 senior combo-guard prospect Chloe Johnson.
Johnson is another very talented prospect on the Knights' loaded roster and has seen her fair share of college recruitment, as a result. Johnson has received serious recruiting interest from a large number of school this off-season, and could be nearing a college decision in the near future.
Currently, Johnson is on an official recruiting visit to the University of Utah - a member of the PAC-12 Conference. According to an inside source, Johnson is also planning an official recruiting visit to San Diego State very soon as well. Johnson recently took an official visit to PENN, and also visited Penn State while in the area.
Johnson does not seem to have a clear leader at this point in her college recruitment, but the talented guard prospect is as good a guard prospect as there is in Arizona's very loaded 2013 class.
A tough and skilled guard prospect, Johnson is capable of playing either guard position on the floor. Her ability to handle the basketball and make plays for herself or others is a nice attribute that makes her tough to defend on the floor. She is an excellent penetrator and can get into the lane almost at will, where she is an excellent finisher in traffic. She is also a very good passer that looks for the open player on the floor, and also sees the floor with very good court vision. She enjoys playing the game and has very good toughness, as she plays low to the ground - making her an excellent defender as well, with very good lateral quickness.
Johnson is also a very good shooter with some range on her shot, although she is at her best from mid-range on the floor. She will need to continue to develop the range on her shot to reach her maximum potential as a player. An excellent prospect that already has a college-ready body.
Regardless of what happens in her college recruitment, look for Johnson to return for her senior season and help lead the Knights to a third-consecutive Division-I state championship.
Johnson is also an excellent student and carries close to a perfect 4.0 CUM GPA.
Arizona Preps will continue to follow Johnson's recruitment closely and bring you any updates as they continue to develop.