- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
Stanley Johnson is in the process of figuring out his recruitment, as Arizona, Kentucky, USC, Florida and Oregon are all on his final list of schools.
Since his freshman season at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, he has been a bigger and stronger prospect than most players.
Under the tutelage of Gary McKnight and his staff, Johnson has made consistent strides as of one the best in his class. In our most recent rankings, he jumped up from No. 12 to No. 9.
Let’s break down what makes him special:
Power and motor: Johnson has always had a good frame and physique, but in this past year he has refined his college-ready body. He is more powerful than most players, and that becomes a factor on every finish, defensive stand and rebound. But his motor might be the area he has improved the most. He always showed up and played, but over the past year he is trying to dominate with a consistent effort, which is rare among top players. His effort is not just limited to scoring because he is also getting back on defense, being alert and active on each play and trying to own the glass. He credits former Oakland Soldier AAU teammate and current Arizona Wildcat Aaron Gordon for his motor. "Aaron set a great example of what it means to give it your all. I am thankful it rubbed off on me.”