Stanley Johnson is a 6′-7″+, 225 pound small forward with a 6′-10″+ wingspan. He played high school basketball at long-time powerhouse Mater Dei (CA), and signed with the Arizona Wildcats during the early signing period.
Let’s be clear, Hoopniks.com was sold on Johnson nearly upon the first time seeing him play. Early on in high school, some soruces categorized him as a power forward and actually ranked him outside of the national top-50.
Clearly, that was ridiculous, as Johnson has later “emerged” as a top-10 player in the national 2014 class, due to his competitive nature, alpha dog mindset, and overall skill level. In truth, Johnson’s potential was easy to see, as he posses an attitude and willingness to compete that is elite among his peers.
It would be hard to find a bigger winner at the high school level than Johnson. He was thought highly enough by the coaching staff from USA Basketball to be named to the national U16 and U17 teams, where he played well in international competitions, and collected two Gold medals. Additionally, Johnson has racked up three straight state championships, and seems likely to collect a fourth title, in large school California basketball.
With a strong physique to go along with his intensity, Johnson can seem like a man among boys at times at the high school level. He continues a trend of top young players on the West Coast in heading to Arizona, and that should pose an excellent development opportunity as the Wildcats should return a talented roster.
- Tremendous size and strength for wing forward position.
- Outstanding intangibles – wants to take over and carry his team.
- Well-rounded “power” offensive game.
- Useful athleticism on defensive and offensive end of the court.
- At times demonstrates poor shot selection.
- Could improve consistency on the 3-point shot.
- Has difficulty off the dribble against quick defenders.