As one of the most highly touted prospects in the Class of 2014, 5-star shooting guard Stanley Johnson has decided to take his talents to Arizona to play college basketball for the Wildcats, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.
Johnson received a number of offers during the recruiting process, but ultimately narrowed his options down to Arizona, Kentucky and USC ahead of Friday’s decision, as per Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal.
The youngster announced his decision with a pair of sneakers:
Head coach Sean Miller clearly had the biggest impact on Johnson, and now the talented guard will work to make a big impact of his own as a freshman for the Wildcats.
Widely regarded as one of the top young players in the country, Johnson earned the No. 6 overall spot on 247Sports’ composite rankings of the nation’s best recruits. He checks in as the top-ranked shooting guard and the best prospect coming out of California.
At 6’7”, 226 pounds, Johnson has the sheer size and raw talent to excel at the shooting guard position. He has simply bullied opponents at the high school level, using his strength and advantageous frame to barge his way to the hoop.
It won’t be as easy for this Fullerton, California native to flat-out dominate the larger competition by way of physical means when he is playing for Arizona, but this will allow him an opportunity to improve technically and develop the nuances of his game.
The Mater Dei High School product has added a three-point shot to his repertoire and possesses a motor that just will not quit. Johnson also grades out as an elite defender due to this deadly combination of physical abilities and plus size.
Johnson was one of four elite prospects, along with Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Cliff Alexander. Okafor and Jones decided on Duke, while Alexander is headed to Kansas, according to Sportscenter's official Twitter feed:
He's a gifted rebounder as well, which highlights just how well-rounded he is for a 17-year-old player.
It will be interesting to see how this superstar prospect develops over the next year or so at Arizona. Johnson has a limitless amount of potential and could be a catalyst for a deep March Madness run when he finally gets on the court during the 2014-15 campaign.