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Arizona basketball recruiting: Wildcats offer 2018 center Bryan Penn-Johnson

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Penn-Johnson has a 7-foot-7 wingspan and is quickly rising in the rankings

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After showcasing his talent this summer, Bryan Penn-Johnson has received an offer from the Arizona Wildcats.

The 7-footer is the No. 98 player in the 2018 class, per Scout.com, and the No. 10 center in his class. 247Sports lists him as the No. 38 player.

Penn-Johnson hasn’t played much basketball due to injuries and transfer rules, but he is finally getting an opportunity to make a name for himself and is “perhaps (the) biggest stocker raiser of (the) summer,” according to Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.

The Nevada native has a 7-foot-7 wingspan and a 9-foot-7 standing reach (he can touch the rim without jumping), and his length and ability to impact the game defensively have made him a hot commodity on the recruiting trail.

Penn-Johnson will be transferring to Wasatch Academy in Utah (the same school as Emmanuel Akot) for his senior season and is described as “long and athletic and can run” by Wasatch head coach Curtis Condie.

“It’s exciting for Bryan to get an offer from Arizona,” Condie said. “He has quite a few offers from the Pac-12 and has an SEC offer from LSU.”

Those Pac-12 offers include Utah, Washington, and California.

"Washington and Utah. I hear from them every day," Penn-Johnson told 247Sports prior to the Arizona offer. “Saint Mary's has been in touch lately. Santa Clara talks with me. That's about it. I have 12 offers, but those other schools aren't talking with me."

A couple weeks back, Penn-Johnson participated in the NBA Players Association Top 100 camp and Condie raved about his play.

“He was one of the leaders in shot blocks in the camp and his athletic ability and size and length really helps with that,” the Wasatch Academy coach said. “He has really good timing when it comes to blocking shots. He is working more and more on his offensive skill.”

Condie said he will be using Penn-Johnson in an array of ways including post-ups and pick-and-rolls — though he expects most opposing teams will play zone against them, something Penn-Johnson would likely see at Arizona as well.

With the pipeline Miller has built with Condie through Akot’s recruitment, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Arizona staff work to get the big man on campus for an official once the weather cools down a bit.

Below you can see Penn-Johnson’s interview after the Pangos All-American Camp, plus a highlight video:


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