Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has had countless Division I prospects has been one of the nation's premier high school basketball programs over the last couple of decades. But as much success as Mater Dei has had, there probably hasn't been too many freshman duos with as much potential as Stanley Johnson and Shaqquan Aaron.
While the two play on the same high school team, they split up during AAU season as Aaron runs with Dreamvision, and Johnson with Belmont Shore.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Johnson already has the strength of a kid much older and has no problem taking it to the basket. He can also get hot from three, and that's the part of his game he's eager to show off this spring.
"I'm trying to prove that I can hit jump shots and that I have a perimeter game," Johnson said. "At Mater Dei I play a lot of three and I slash a lot, but I know I can shoot the ball."
Johnson is pleased with how he played as a freshman at Mater Dei, but is looking forward to continuing to make strides in his game.
"I played well," he said. "I played well in my role. I didn't play to the best to my ability, but I played my role well. I'm trying to get better every day. I'm working on everything. Every position I can play, I want to play it."
At this point, Johnson doesn't have any scholarship offers, although that will change as schools see him more in July. He does have a handful of schools he roots for.
"I grew up rooting for USC, North Carolina and Stanford," he said. "I root for a lot of teams."
Johnson hasn't planned any unofficial visits, but said he will probably check out UCLA and USC soon, which makes sense because location is a big factor for him.
"I was born and raised in California and I like the sun, so I probably don't want to go somewhere cold preferably," Johnson said. "I want nice weather and a nice campus. I want it to be in a nice area."
As it stands now, Johnson doesn't expect to be a player that makes too early of a decision.
"I want to take my time," he said. "I want to find the best program for me. As long as I have time, I'm going to take it."
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