Mater Dei, the No. 1 team in the Super 25 boys basketball rankings, is 25-0 and a big reason is the play of Stanley Johnson. Dubbed “Stan Man” by Team USA teammate Tyus Jones, The 6-7 Johnson is capable of playing multiple positions, including point guard, for the Monarchs and his versatility makes it difficult for teams to focus on him.
The Arizona signee was recently selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game. He wears the same number (41) as his mother, Karen Taylor, who played professionally in Sweden, Denmark and Italy and in college for Jackson State.
Until April, when the postseason ALL-USA boys basketball team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This Week’s Player: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) senior guard Stanley Johnson.
2013-14 Stats: Johnson was averaging 25.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists through Thursday.
Best Games: On Feb. 1, he had 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists in a 69-57 defeat of Whitney Young (Chicago). On Dec. 6, he had 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 69-47 defeat of Mission Viejo.
Others’ Take: “Stanley is one of the best players, if not the best player in the nation. It’s a great honor to play with him.” – Rex Pflueger, Mater Dei player.
Look Out For: Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) shooting guard Kelly Oubre, who has signed with Kansas. The 6-7 Oubre is averaging 24.3 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Pilots.
Also Look Out For: Rainier Beach (Seattle) shooting guard Shaqquan Aaron, a Louisville signee who is averaging 21.4 points a game and helped lead Mater Dei to a state title as a freshman before moving to Seattle.