Recruiting has become a spectacle unlike anything else in sports. Much like LeBron James' highly maligned "Decision," prospective college basketball players take to television to announce which school they plan on attending.
Few players are generating as much hype leading up to that televised event as Stanley Johnson.
Johnson is one of the most highly touted players in the country, possessing a tantalizing combination of size and power along the perimeter. His full-time position is still in question, but the general consensus is that he has a future at the next level.
Soon enough, the world will know where he will be playing college ball in 2014.
Date: Friday, Nov. 15
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Regardless of which position he is projected to play, Johnson has the body necessary to become an NBA player.
He measures 6'6" and 220 pounds, which is a more physically mature build than the average player entering his first year of college play. This creates the potential for him to continue executing his style of bully ball, using his power to overwhelm opponents.
In terms of his upside, Johnson has drawn appropriate comparisons to Metta World Peace during his days as Ron Artest.
What's most intriguing about Johnson is that he seems to be getting better with every view of his game tape. As long as he stays aggressive and continues to polish his defensive footwork and focus, he can take over a game and make an impact on either end.
Everyone has potential, but he is as close to a sure-thing signing as you'll find.
Top College Choices
According to Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal, Johnson has cut his list of potential destinations down to three options. Before you jump to conclusions, two of the three teams aren't as obvious as you might assume.
The Santa Ana, California native's final options are reportedly the Arizona Wildcats, Kentucky Wildcats and USC Trojans.
Due to the extraordinary nature of head coach John Calipari's past recruiting classes, the general public believes that Johnson will side with Kentucky. Calipari turns freshmen into NBA prospects, and that's something that every high school player can fall in love with.
Surprisingly, Kentucky may be more of a long shot than a favorite.
For those who are unfamiliar with the area, Johnson's hometown of Santa Ana is approximately 45 minutes away from USC. The Trojans lack a recent history of basketball success, but new head coach and former Florida Gulf Coast hero Andy Enfield is quickly turning things around.
USC has already signed California's No. 1 point guard Jordan McLaughlin and would have a perimeter worth fearing if Johnson joined as well.
As for Arizona, it has signed high-profile recruits in each of the past three seasons. Thus far, the Wildcats have locked up star power forward Craig Victor and Los Angeles native Parker Jackson-Cartwright.
Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated reports that Arizona is the "heavy favorite." It wouldn't be the first time a favorite has come up short, so keep an eye on Johnson's decision.
He could be something special.