Stanley Johnson has been a fast riser up the rankings in the 2014 class. He became a 5-star prospect. While Johnson is happy to be recognized, he is not letting that define who he is as a player.
"My understanding is that five star players are some of the best around," Johnson outlined. "To me, rankings are good to have, but they don't measure how good you actually are. I think winning does that. It's nice to be recognized as one of the best in high school basketball. I'm happy about that. But I'm just going to keep working and playing hard."
With his junior season in full swing, the talented Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei High product hasn't been focusing on recruiting too much.
"I've been focused on my season right now so I haven't been talking to a lot of schools," Johnson admitted. "It's been quiet because I haven't been answering the phone because I'm concentrating on school work. We have a tournament that's a big deal for our school. I've also been focused on that."
Despite that, Johnson has offers from many of college basketball's elite. One of those schools is Syracuse. Johnson says he is still interested in the Orange, but hasn't been in contact since the beginning of the season.
"I can't remember to be honest," Johnson claimed. "I haven't talked to them in a long time. I don't know what's happened that way. Maybe it's just Jim Boeheim isn't an in-season talking person. At the beginning of the season, we were talking a lot. After that, we really haven't.
"I'm still considering them. East, west, north, south, it doesn't matter to me. I'll just be happy to be able to play college ball."
Once his season is over, he will have time to focus more on recruiting. Visits will be a big key for the athletic wing.
"I'm planning to take visits in the spring, summer, and fall," the 6-foot-5 wing said. "I'm not rushing anything, so I feel like I really have time to take visits and think about things after the visits. My parents will do a good job scheduling visits."
One of the biggest places where players can showcase their talent is over the summer during the AAU season. The biggest event is the Nike EYBL, which culminates in the Peach Jam (the EYBL championship). Last summer, Johnson was a member of the Oakland Soldiers who won the event. He plans on doing even better this year.
"Yeah I'm going to play with the Oakland Soldiers this summer," Johnson explained. "I'm planning on winning the Peach Jam championship again. I'm planning on not losing a game this summer. So we're just going to strive for those goals as a team. Whoever gets the ball, we share the rock. I think we can definitely accomplish that."
While this summer will be spent trying to achieve those goals, don't expect a decision from Johnson anytime soon.
"It'd be great to decide before my senior season," Johnson remarked. "And possibly sign before my senior season. But I have to be realistic, because I still have about ten schools on my list. I have a lot of work to do to look at each school. I'd like to decide by then, but I just don't see it happening at this point."
Despite not being focused on recruiting during the season and taking his time throughout the process, Johnson does have a list of schools he is working with. That list could get cut down after he takes some visits over the summer.
"Kentucky, Arizona, Syracuse, Louisville, North Carolina State, Oregon, UNLV, San Diego State, Florida, and I just started talking to UConn," Johnson said. "I'm sure UConn wouldn't be talking to me at this point in time if they didn't want me. So I consider it an offer."