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LEONARD ORTIZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Mater Dei basketball player Stanley Johnson holds up his University of Arizona shoes as he announces he will be going to Arizona during a live ESPNU broadcast via Live Linkups studio in Irvine on Friday afternoon.

Mater Dei's Stanley Johnson chooses Arizona

OCVARSITY.COM

Mater Dei basketball star Stanley Johnson today announced he has selected Arizona as his college destination.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 senior guard/forward who was the Register's Orange County player of the year last season, said he will sign a letter-of-intent with Arizona on Monday.

He made his announcement on an ESPNU telecast at a remote location in Irvine.

Johnson recently had reduced his number of college choices to Arizona, Kentucky and USC after making official recruiting visits to the three schools.

"I feel like Arizona is the best program for me as a player, and just for everybody in my family," Johnson said. "There are a lot of great schools out there. For me as a player, to get better, this is the best move for me."

Orange Lutheran alum Gabe York, who played against Johnson in Trinity League games, is a guard at Arizona.

As with any top basketball recruit, there is talk of Johnson doing the "one-and-done" -- one year of college basketball, then off to the NBA. Is that Johnson's goal?

“I want to go when I’m ready," he said at the Live Linkups studio in Irvine, where Johnson did the remote-feed announcement with his parents in attendance.. “One-and-done would be great, that's a goal I have. If it doesn’t come out that way, then I've still picked a school I can continue to as a student."

Johnson is not the first Monarchs basketball to go to Arizona. Among the past Mater Dei players who went to the Wildcats is Miles Simon, who was a county player of the year and was the NCAA Tournament MVP at Arizona.

Check back later for a complete story and photos from the announcement. 

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STANLEY JOHNSON

By the numbers

Junior stats: 19.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.2 steals per game

Sophomore stats: 13.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 steals per game

 


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