High School Basketball: Stanley Johnson For Slam

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There is much buzz surrounding Stanley Johnson! The Mater Dei small forward basketball player is finishing up his senior year at the private, Catholic high school in Santa Ana, California.

Johnson is a top-10 recruit and arguably the best small forward in the ’14 class. He recently announced that he was signing with the Arizona Wildcats. In my opinion, this was a great and powerful decision. I’m sure that he’ll be turning heads and having fans jumping out of their seats when he’s dropping buckets on the court. He will also have the chance to play alongside current Wildcat Aaron Gordon, his former teammate with the Oakland Soldiers AAU squad.

The Cali-bred is impressing the right people now and is expected to do the same once the season begins next fall.

On his position in his final high school season:

“Coach has me playing point this year,” Johnson says. “I’m a 2-3, but this year we really don’t have a true point guard. It’s not like I’m running a set every time down, but it was something we needed, and I can do it, so coach just sort of threw me into the fire. I’m already seeing the game a different way, using my mind more, trying to make good decisions. I’m distributing a lot more, getting more steals. It’s definitely helping my game.”

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On playing with the Arizona Wildcats:

“Coach Miller is going to put me in position to do a lot of things next year, and I feel like I can make an impact right away,” Johnson says. “There’s going to be a lot of guys leaving this year from a possible Final Four team, and he’s going to put a lot on my shoulders. I feel like I can be the missing piece of the program my freshman year. But I’m not really worried about me myself, individually, being the best player in the country or anything. I figure if we’re winning, everybody gets love.”

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Photos Credit: Atiba Jefferson via Slam

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