It didn't come as a surprise that Arizona Wildcats commit Stanley Johnson made the first cut for USA Basketball's Under 18 roster, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he's still around when the squad is pared down to a final group of 12. Johnson made the initial cuts and on the team is joined by UA recruiting targets Stephen Zimmerman, Isaiah Briscoe, Chase Jeter and Allonzo Trier.
Arizona commitments for the 2015 class Tyler Dorsey and Justin Simon participated in the camp but ultimately did not make the first cut, which currently puts the roster at 15 players.
Johnson reportedly has been one of the best players at camp. The 2014 recruit was apparently going at well-regarded 2015 recruit Jaylen Brown, who is a top-10 prospect in his own class.
Stanley Johnson is making point to Jaylen Brown that u r not yet Stanley Johnson. Finally some competitive energy at USA 18U trials— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) June 12, 2014
Top players at U-18 National Team tryouts yesterday -- per source: Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Justice Winslow (Duke), 2015 wing Jaylen Brown— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 12, 2014
Different source from yesterday at USA Basketball says Jaylen Brown, Stanley Johnson & Tyus Jones have been best players at U18 trials.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) June 12, 2014
Arizona coach Sean Miller, who is an assistant for USA head coach Billy Donovan, probably likes what he sees from Johnson. The top player in the Wildcats' 2014 recruiting class measured in at a physical 243 pounds with a 6'11.5" wingspan. Though Johnson's build has NBA scout perhaps worried he's already close to his physical ceiling, it's not bad news that he's bigger than most NBA small forwards.
Stanley Johnson checks in at 6'6.75" w shoes, 243 pounds, 6'11.5" wingspan, 8"8" reach in USA Basketball measurements.— Bruce Pascoe (@BrucePascoe) June 11, 2014
For Arizona, Johnson is ready-made. And he could be for the NBA after a single season in Tucson.