Johnson planning officials

Stanley Johnson is one of the top players in 2014 and is looking at taking the next step in his recruitment. Read on to see what that is, how it involves Arizona, and more.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei forward Stanley Johnson seems to improve nearly every time he plays. Considering that he is already a five-star player in 2014, that is a scary thought for the schools he will playing against.

Johnson was awarded the Most Outstanding Player award at the recent Pangos All-American Camp and much of it had to do with his approach.

"Play harder than everybody else," Johnson said of his strategy. "That is really the only way somebody can succeed in these types of camps, because everybody has offensive skills. Everybody can do a lot of things, so I figure if I can play harder than anybody else, I will be good."

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward is taking his time going through the recruiting process, but has taken the step of securing one of his official visits.

"I am going to take an official visit to Arizona on September 14," he said. "Moving forward, I am going to try to get everything else going."

Johnson is also looking at the local schools, Kentucky, Duke, and others, but says that he is unsure of what he will do beyond the Arizona visits.

"There are numerous schools that want me to visit," Johnson said. "I am not sure yet where I will take my other officials though."

When Johnson does take his official visits, he has a good idea of what he will be looking for in each school.

"I am going to be looking at the overall feeling I have when I get there," he said. "I need to make sure that I like the school as a person, beyond the basketball stuff."

Johnson has been a bit inconsistent when discussing his decision timeline and he says that much of that has to do with the fact that he simply does not know.

"Whenever I feel ready," he said. "Potentially early, potentially late. I can be like Andrew Wiggins or I can be like James Blackmon, who decided really early."

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