While Lonzo Ball and Malik Monk were the big attractions at the Max Preps Holiday Classic last week, playing in one of the smaller divisions was an elite guard prospect that will soon be a nationally recognized name.
Freshman shooting guard Cassius Stanley, of North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake, impressed in a game against Indio (Calif.) High, showing off tremendous athleticism and scoring potential.
“I’m just creating for my teammates and trying to hit the open man,” Stanley said when asked to describe his game.
“I’m trying to get up and down the court,” he added. “I don’t want to slow down unless we have to.”
And when you’re blessed with the kind of athleticism Stanley is, that makes sense. Stanley is extremely bouncy, quick off his feet and moves well laterally. For a 2019 prospect, Stanley is strongly built and has a lengthy set of arms. Those qualities are among the reason he’s got so much potential on the defensive end as well.
“My coach drills it into me every day in practice, so I have no choice but to buy in,” he said about defense. “I just love the competitive natures of having someone trying to go at me and me going at them.”
Stanley credits his high school coach, Dave Rebibo, who is a former Division-I coach, with helping his approach and preparation.
“He’s just drilling it,” Stanley said. “Organization, too. He has a practice plan and everything. It’s great preparation because I went to UCLA for a visit and to practice and it was just like our high school practice.”
As Stanley mentions, the recruiting process has already started for him and he’s taken a pair of recent college visits. He tripped to UCLA, where his mom ran track, for their game against Kentucky,
“It was great,” he said of his visit. “I saw them practice and I saw the facilities. Then I went to the UCLA/Kentucky game and that was a great environment.”
“They’re just saying the way we play can fit your style a lot,” Standley added. “It’s early, but that’s what I like to hear.”
Stanley also took a recent visit to USC.
“They were great too,” Stanley said. “I love their campus. My dad went there and my mom went to UCLA, so it’s a split household.”
“Coach [Andy] Enfield coached at Florida Gulf Coast, so his up and down style fits my game a lot,” he added about USC.
Stanley said he’s also received early interest from Alabama, Arizona and Stanford. Despite the early high major interest, Stanley said he wouldn’t get serious about the recruiting process for quite some time.
“I’m focusing on school and basketball,” Stanley said.