http://tucson.com/sports/basketball/college/wildcats/ua-basketball-opposing-coach-says-johnson-s-terrific/article_eb643623-690c-54f8-a3eb-bf149b500d4a.htmlThis is how San Diego State Steve Fisher can shake off the nightmare that was Arizona’s Stanley Johnson on Wednesday: The knowledge that he probably won’t have to see him again.
“He’s pretty good. Pretty good. He’ll make a pretty good NBA player in about six months,” Fisher said. “I saw him in high school a lot of times. We were early on involved in recruiting him.
“He’s no surprise. He’s a terrific talent that competes like crazy and helps his team win.”
Fisher tried to recruit Johnson out of Mater Dei High School and not only failed but then had to deal with Johnson on the opposing team Wednesday: Johnson had 18 points, nine rebounds and three steals while earning the Maui Invitational MVP award.
What’s scary for UA opponents: Johnson says he’s not yet fully adjusted to the collegiate level.
“There is still a lot of stuff that we do as a team that I’m not physically good at yet,” Johnson said.
But UA coach Sean Miller said Johnson has become “more of a student” in the past month.
“He practices hard, makes mistakes, tries to learn from them,” Miller said. “That spurred him on to, I think, how he played in this tournament. If we would have played this tournament a month ago, he would not have been the MVP.”
http://www.si.com/nba/2014/12/10/nba-big-board-draft-jahlil-okafor-karl-towns-emmanuel-mudiayOpinions vary on this spot, but pencil in Johnson, a physical specimen who already defends at an NBA level. Johnson’s offensive skills are far less advanced, especially his outside shooting. Scouts believe he can develop into a powerful off-the-dribble threat, though. Talent evaluators cringe at swingmen who are not skilled on the perimeter, so the 18-year-old Johnson will have to prove to be reliable. If he can, he’s a terrific small forward prospect.