Even before their final high school seasons tip off, the 5-star prospects in NCAA basketball's freshman class of 2014 have their eyes on the NBA. More often than not, they can find a pretty good approximation of their own skill sets among the big names getting the big bucks in that league.
Stanley Johnson, one of California’s top high-school hoopsters, has a power forward’s game at the small forward spot. He can only hope the combination eventually lands him a contract as rich as the one physical SF Josh Smith signed with the Detroit Pistons this summer.
Herein, a closer look at Johnson and the rest of ESPN’s 5-star recruits for next fall, along with an NBA counterpart for each.