PointGuardU.com has learned that 2014 guard Stanley Johnson will visit Arizona on February 25th for the Arizona-UCLA game. Not coincidentally, Arizona and UCLA are two of the schools recruiting Johnson the hardest.
Johnson is a 6’5, 200 pound small forward out of Mater Dei High School. Johnson played with both Belmont Shore and the Oakland Soldiers this year, two programs Arizona fans should be familiar with. Future Wildcats Grant Jerrett and Eric Cooper Jr. play for Belmont Shore, and current Wildcats Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson played for the Soldiers (as well as a number of Arizona recruits).
Fans may not have seen much of Johnson this summer, as he dislocated his finger earlier in the year and missed the heart of the AAU season. Before his injury, Johnson was able to play on a loaded Team USA 16U roster that took home the gold.
Johnson is a talented scorer who is well developed physically for a 2014 prospect. Johnson is known to aggressively attack the basket, but can also create his own shot. Johnson is a difficult matchup for defenders, especially against players his own age, and was able to make an offensive impact on the 17U circuit.
Johnson’s recruitment appears wide open. Local teams USC and UCLA were the first to offer, but this summer Johnson saw increased attention from Arizona and Kentucky. PGU caught up with Johnson in September, and he mentioned Arizona and UCLA were standing out.
“I would say UCLA and Arizona (are recruiting me the hardest) at the moment,” Johnson said last month. “But there are a lot of schools recruiting me hard and I’m open to all of them, I don’t have any leaders or anything like that.”
The Arizona coaches have been trying to get Johnson on campus for a while. Johnson mentioned a couple possible dates for visits throughout the summer, but it appears that a date is finally set. Getting to witness an Arizona-UCLA game from the Wildcat perspective should make quite an impression.
PointGuardU.com will have ongoing coverage of Johnson throughout the high school season.