Starting 5: Summer blockbuster
Stanley Johnson's rise, Bama's big week and more hoops recruiting buzz
Editor's note: Every week in "Starting 5," we'll roll out five stories, themes and nuggets from the basketball recruiting world to set the table with the stories that need to be told and give you a leg up on the watercooler conversations around the office.
This week we look at Stanley Johnson's rise from star to superstar, what the date of an official visit can mean, Alabama's big week in recruiting, the changing landscape of African basketball and how the American prospects compared to their international counterparts at the Adidas Nations.
1. Johnson is an A-list star
In movie terms, Stanley Johnson (Fullerton, Calif./Mater Dei) went from being Cuba Gooding Jr. to Denzel Washington during the month of July.
We certainly knew the ESPN 100 small forward was a big-time player before July. He is, after all, already ranked No. 12 in the Class of 2014. However (dramatic pause), I think there are a lot of folks, myself included, looking at him in a totally different light as of August.
What could Stanley Johnson's big summer mean for his stock and what does a big week in recruiting mean for Alabama? Become an ESPN Insider and find out.
MORE MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADLINES
- No. 1 Kentucky scores first 24, routs UCLA
- Louisville's Harrell ejected for throwing elbow
- Cincy coach Cronin (aneurysm) out indefinitely
- Sources: Burton transferring to Iowa State
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
JULY RECRUITING WRAP
The all-important July recruiting period is over. What were the big storylines and what did our experts learn?