Stanley Is One To Watch

Jul. 13 -- It's way too early to determine a pecking order in 2019, but when that time gets here, you can expect Cassius Stanley to be one of the first names called. He showed why on Friday...

Cassius Stanley is a kid that has played above his age group for a long time. He's attended multiple camps in the Southern California area with players much older and participated in the USA Basketball Developmental Camp in Colorado Springs in Oct. of 2014.

So it's not like Stanley is just emerging; he's been known as a very good player.

But it's Scout's policy to not cover players until they're entering their high school season, at a minimum, so the 6-foot-5, 180-pound 2019 wing from North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake is someone we've been waiting on to cover.

Now that our self-imposed moratorium is over, we can say it: Stanley is an elite prospect.

He has the size and length to play and defend both wing spots at the next level and is a freak athlete; he's had multiple head at the rim dunks this week at the Double Pump Summer Tip Off.

Not just an athlete, Stanley is also a terrific passer, competes on both ends, blocks shots, finishes in transition and is capable of knocking down the open jumper, although it's so easy for him to get to the rim that he tends to slash over shoot.

Stanley has already picked up his first offer, from USC, and has unofficially visited UCLA. His father went to USC and mother went to UCLA, Stanley said, but has a preference between the two.

"USC," Stanley said. "Early in my life I liked football and USC was dominant in football in the early 2000s."

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