Johnson plans to visit Arizona

2014 forward Stanley Johnson is considered to be one of the best players in his class in the west. Now, he is focusing on recruiting and it seems Arizona could get a visit.

6-foot-5, 190-pound small forward Stanley Johnson is one of the few players in the class of 2014 that has experienced success early in his high school career. Not only is he fortunate to benefit from early success, but Johnson is still getting better by the month.

Johnson is playing on the loaded Oakland Soldiers team that is meeting every challenge faced this past spring and summer and the youngest player on the team is a vital part of what they do. He is humble enough to hustle for loose balls, but is also hungry enough to want and make a big bucket for his team.

The Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei forward has taken a break from basketball as of late due to an injury, but says that the first summer playing AAU with the 17U's has been very good.

"The spring was really good and so far so has the summer," explained Johnson. "I played with Belmont Shore also and was really working on my jump shot and got comfortable with it. I really got my shot going.

"The summer I was playing with Team USA and it was good, but then I got hurt, so I am just getting back on my grind right now."

He has great attributes that many coaches on the next level want on their team and while it is still early, Johnson has been paying and receiving attention to some big name programs. Schools such as Kentucky, Arizona, Duke, USC, UCLA, Georgetown, Tennessee and Providence will all be keeping their eye out for Johnson.

As for Arizona, Johnson has increasing interest and is hoping to see the campus very soon.

"I plan on taking some unofficial visits this year," said Johnson. "At first I wasn't going to, but I'm going to visit Arizona and visit some other college campuses probably in August."

While Johnson and his Soldier teammates have had a good spring and summer he still says that one of his biggest honors was playing with the U16 USA team that won gold this past spring.

"That was the best team I have been on in my life," said Johnson. "We had everything that you want in a team. We had team chemistry and we were all willing to let it go for each other and we all played hard. We ended up winning the gold and won every game by 30 points or plus."

The talent for team USA U16 was off the charts. Johnson started for the team until he had an injury near the end of the tournament, but was impressed by several of his teammates.

"My boy Aaron Gordon played with high energy," said Johnson. "He and Jabari Parker, Larry Austin, Tyus Jones, Jonathan Williams, and everyone were as expected."

Johnson dislocated a finger on his left hand and is still wearing a protective piece over his pinky and ring fingers. While the Soldiers were competing in Georgia at Peach Jam for the EYBL championship, Johnson stayed in California to just relax and get ready for the Fab48 in Las Vegas.

"I will be with them in Vegas," explained Johnson. "It was a fluke injury, so I have taken the past few weekends off and now I'm ready to play again. I have been working out also."


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