Stanford’s core values of tough, selfless, and invested have remained the focus of Coach Jerod Haase since the day he and his staff stepped on campus. It might be fair to consider versatility the fourth Cardinal Virtue, if the Cardinal’s recruiting efforts are any indication. The incoming ‘17 class of Isaac White, Daejon Davis, Kezie Okpala, and Oscar Da Silva are all capable of playing multiple positions, and Stanford has set about preparing for a post-Reid Travis world with a couple of Class of ‘19 Power Forward offers.
Isaac Johnson is a four-star recruit out of American Fork High in Utah. He plays for the Exum Elite AAU team and recently found a showcase for his talents at the Adidas Gauntlet in Georgia. Scout currently rates him as the 42nd overall recruit in the Class of ‘19, the eighth-best overall power forward in his class, and the second-best in the west at his position.
Speaking to his own versatility, Johnson describes himself as a “combo” and Scout’s Josh Gershon highlights his motor, jumper, and rebounding as tools that have attracted coaches.
Right now, it’s a local battle for Stanford, as Johnson’s other offers include Utah, BYU, Utah State, and Southern Utah. Stanford Football’s Lance Anderson has distinguished himself as a bit of a Ute Whisperer in his time on The Farm, and time will tell if Coach Haase can have the same kind of success in the Beehive State.
Isaiah Mobley rates as the best power forward in the west by Scout and currently sits at 33rd overall in the Class of ‘19. The 6’8” 190-pound forward out of Rancho Christian High School in Temecula, California, finds himself holding eleven other offers in addition to the one the Cardinal just extended. Alabama, San Diego State, UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Nevada, New Mexico State, TCU, Tulane, UNLV, and Utah State are all in the mix with Stanford at this point.
Mobley states plainly “I can play the three, four, and five.” It’s hard not to think about what the future of Stanford Basketball is gonna look like, as the Cardinal cultivates, develops, and gels a roster full of versatile athletes who are interchangeable. It’s clear that Coach Haase and his staff have a vision for their roster, and as it takes shape the still-forming identity of the program is starting to come into focus.