Stanley Johnson, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Santa Ana, Calif. announced his college decision live on ESPNU’s Class of 2014 Signing Day Special this afternoon, selecting Sean Miller’s Arizona Wildcats over the USC Trojans and Kentucky Wildcats. Johnson is the 3rd overall recruit according to Rivals, and the 9th overall in the ESPN 100, who grades him as a 5-five star with a 96 rating.
The Mater Dei Monarch had always been linked to local schools like USC and UCLA, but the Trojans weren’t considered to be a serious recruiting threat in the hunt for the swingman until newly-appointed head coach Andy Enfield hired San Diego State’s Tony Bland as an assistant coach. Bland came to Troy with the hopes of boosting recruiting in Southern California.
Johnson did his due diligence and made a handful of visits across the country, with official visits registered at Arizona in September, Kentucky in October and at USC on November 1st.
With Johnson on board, Arizona now has four players in the Class of 2014. ESPN 100 members Craig Victor and Parker Jackson-Cartwright, along with Kadeem Allen, are committed to the Wildcats.
For USC without Johnson, the Trojans have three players signed to the Class of 2014. Point guard Jordan McLaughlin and centers Malik Price-Martin and Jabari Craig signed with Enfield’s Trojans earlier this week.