As the NBA draft nears, USA TODAY High School Sports will look back at the high school careers and draft prospects for some of the top players. Here is today’s installment on Arizona forward Stanley Johnson.
Position: Small forward
High school: Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
ALL-USA history: Named to 2014 American Family Insurance ALL-USA First Team. Won four state titles with Mater Dei, including a 35-0 senior season, in which he averaged 25.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Height, weight: 6-7, 245 pounds
By the numbers: Scored 13.8 points per contest while pulling in 6.5 rebounds. Shot over 74% from the line and almost 45% from the field, leading Arizona to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Draft positives: Johnson has great size and length with muscle that fills out his frame. His incredible defensive ability is what stands out most, but he is no slouch on offense. Johnson takes smart shots and uses his body to finish near the rim. He can also dribble well for a bigger player, and he has a great basketball mindset that will help his draft stock considerably.
Draft negatives: Like the young freshman mentioned above, Johnson also has to work on consistency if he wants to be a star at the next level. His jump shot could use a little tweaking, and the addition of a three-point threat would propel him to the next level. Johnson will act as a great role player for any NBA team before long.
Projection: Top 5-10
Draft analysis by DraftSite.com, an affiliate of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties