Friday, February 1, 2013
ESPN 60 SF Johnson cuts list to 10
By Reggie Rankin
ESPN 60 junior small forward Stanley Johnson (Fullerton, Calif./Mater Dei), the No. 22 prospect in the 2014 class, recently publicly trimmed his list of schools to 10: UNLV, Oregon, San Diego State, NC State State, Kentucky, Arizona, Louisville, USC, Syracuse and UCLA.
Johnson has taken unofficial visits to UCLA, USC, Arizona and UNLV. He doesn't have any in-home or additional campus visits set at this time, but he said he will attempt to see some games around his team's schedule and visit some campuses after the high school season.
So why did Johnson narrow in on those 10?
"I trimmed my list to these schools because I had great conversations with every head coach and they told me how I can help them and how they can help me," Johnson said. "I don't have a leader yet, but I want to get the schools down to a manageable number."
Johnson also knows what he wants in a program and coach.
"I want to go to a program that is winning, somewhere they are moving forward," he said. "I want to win more than anything and have an chance to win a national championship -- at least get to the Final Four as a freshman. I want to be around a passionate coach that when he talks about his team and program, you hear it in his voice."
The 6-foot-6, 232-pound Johnson broke down his game by saying, "I am a tough wing that can rebound, get to the rim, that plays hard and always gives great effort."
He also noted a few areas of improvement in his game. "My shooting has come along well," Johnson said. "My overall skill set and my athletic ability have really improved."
Johnson brings strength and power to the wing position. He attacks the rim and scores through contact on a consistent basis. He rebounds in and out of his area, and being physical does not bother him. Johnson is averaging just north of 20 points and 10 rebounds per game this season and has done a great job figuring out how to get his points.
"I have taken what the defense gives me," Johnson said. "When they take away the drive, I hit the 15- to 17-foot shot and 3. I have had games of five and six 3s this season."
Johnson has a rock-solid recruiting plan and is executing it to perfection. He also has the game to back up the elite recruiting attention he is receiving.