Johnson being recruited by Pac-12

Stanley Johnson is one of the best players in the 2014 class. Where does Arizona stand? What other schools have offered? Read on for the latest.

The West Coast is seeing younger players' stock rise early in their career. As each tournament and camp passes this spring there are new player's names that are popping up from both the class of 2013 and 2014.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has a few young stars and one of them is talented wing Stanley Johnson.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound small forward is looking to really make an impact on the high school level and so far is doing a good job of putting his stamp on games going up against older competition.

Johnson participated in the Pangos All-American Camp and is also a member of the loaded Oakland Soldiers.

Being on the same team as some of the country's best players like Brandon Ashley, Aaron Gordon, and Jabari Bird, you would think that a player like Johnson would have a hard time finding his place on the team, but that is not the case.

"Everyone on my team is good players," said Johnson. "I wanted to play with them and get as good as them. I wanted to test myself in practice and in the games to get the game speed right.

"They are all good players, the games have been great and I think I can match their level of play, so I'm going to play hard to hang with them."

The motivation is there for Johnson and so far he believes that he is keeping pace with his teammates and competition.

"I think I'm doing well," said Johnson. "I think I can hit a couple more jump shots but other than that I think I am playing well. I just play hard and do the little things. Do the little things like box out, get loose balls, make good passes and have smart plays. That's all I try to do."

Johnson has done a good job of playing hard and playing with a lot of energy. His offensive game will continue to improve, but as of now he has great intangibles.

Schools are starting to take notice of the wing and he discusses how the recruiting process is starting off.

"It is starting off pretty well," he explained. "I got some offers from UCLA and USC. I'm looking at Arizona and pretty much just checking out the Pac-12 right now and trying all of the schools out and then hopefully I can see about the Big East and other conferences."

Arizona will be a school that will probably stay on Johnson throughout his high school career and while limited conversations can happen at this point, Johnson does have some interest in the Wildcats.

"I like the coaching staff," said Johnson. "They play hard and they have a lot of good players going through there. They have a lot of players going to a higher level like pro basketball and it looks like that type of program where they play hard and the coaches push you to get you to that level."

Last year's deep tournament run all the way to the Elite 8 was intriguing to Johnson, who was watching an Arizona star play very well in the tournament. Derrick Williams' great play in the tournament really turned heads, including Johnson's.

"When you have players like that coming out of your college, I definitely want to be a part of that," said Johnson. "I want to do what he's doing to get his shot at the pros."

As of now, Johnson has a while to go with his game, as he can improve his shot and finishing in traffic. However, Johnson's explanation of his game shows that he is on a good path to being a big time player at the next level.

"I play hard, I can score the ball, I can guard your best player," said Johnson. "I am going to do the little things that help a team out and be a leader out there on the court."

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