Johnson sets visit dates

Stanley Johnson has eight schools on his list, including Arizona. Read on to find out where he will visit, what stands out about Arizona, and more.

The LeBron James Skills Academy is an opportunity for numerous players to make themselves known, while others just cement their status as elite players.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei small forward Stanley Johnson falls under the latter.

"It was really fun," Johnson said about the Lebron James Skills Academy. "There was plenty of instruction and then we got to play at the end.

"It always takes a while to get the kinks out with a new team, but I think we did a pretty good job."

The senior enjoyed learning new skills and sharpening his others. Johnson tried to take in as much as he could while he was there.

"There's always something new to pick up, whether it is knowledge or experience," he said. "Every time I come to skill academies, I pick up something new.

"I think I did a great job with my skill work. It was a lot of work related to shooting."

The highly sought-after recruit cut his list to eight in the past few months. Since then, there has yet to be a leader of the pack.

"I have eight schools on my list," Johnson said. "It's really pretty even to be honest. I want to wait until I get out and take my visits to see who I like the best. Then, I will evaluate everything."

With visits being so important to Johnson, it was vital for him to get things set up before the end of the summer.

"I am visiting a few schools in the next few months," he said. "I am visiting Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. I'm going to Florida for the Georgia game. I'm heading to Arizona for the Red-Blue Game and for my official on the 12th of September."

Johnson has four visits squared away, but is still trying to plan visits to the other schools on his list.

"I'm working with Kansas right now," he said. "I think I'm going to try to take my last official and visit with Cliff Alexander. I still have to talk to the coaches about it and see if we can work it out.

"I'll be visiting USC and UCLA on my own money. They're close, so it's easier. I might do that with Oregon, too. I have to talk to the coaches about it and figure things out."

The forward has high interest in Arizona. He talks to the coaches on a regular basis and has been since early on in his recruitment.

"Arizona has been recruiting me for a really long time," Johnson said. "It has just been the regular recruiting staff and they talk to me about the normal things.

"They have always been on my list for a while, because they like to play the style I like to play. I have an incredible trust in the coaching staff. It's what makes them one of the top schools on my list."

Johnson knows what he is looking for in his school of choice.

"I want to go somewhere that is going to let me play," he said. "I can play multiple positions and do different things on the court. I want to be able to play my first year and get out there right away."

He makes his case for getting on the court early with his play and the forward wants to do everything on the court.

"I want to play everywhere on the court," Johnson said. "I want to bring it up. I want to score it. I want to rebound it. I want to post it up. I want to show everyone what I can do at the college level."

Even though Johnson is taking a close look at the schools on his list, he isn't keeping very much stock in the current players on the team. Instead, he is looking at other incoming recruits.

"Rosters can change from season to season with transfers or guys going to the NBA," he said. "I'm looking at people who would be coming with me in my class. That's all I really have to bank on."

One player in his class that Johnson has spoken with about the Wildcats is Parker Jackson-Cartwright. The point guard committed to Arizona earlier in the spring and has been in the forward's ear ever since.

"I've known Parker since we were little," Johnson said. "He's a great player. He's a great star for any team. It's good for Arizona to have him.

"He's always telling me about Arizona. He's quiet, so he's not going to come at me and talk my ear off, but he lets me know I should go play with him."

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