Stanley Johnson in a summer game with the Oakland Soldiers. Photo by Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona basketball signee Stanley Johnson played in Phoenix on Saturday in a high school tournament. Richard Obert of our Gannett partner The Arizona Republic was there. Here is the story:
By Richard Obert
From warm-ups through most of Saturday’s game, Stanley Johnson attacked the rim with an electric array of powerful moves.
He had four thunderous dunks in the first half, feasted at the free-throw line after being fouled on quick moves to the basket, and helped Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei punish Houston Yates at its fast-tempo game in a 100-57 rout in the Basketball Hall of Fame Hoophall West at Grand Canyon University Arena.
In the later national game, Oak Hill Academy, a top-10 team in the nation, used an 18-9 third-quarter run to hold off Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 60-54. Guard Caleb Martin, MVP of Friday’s win over Houston Yates, had 20 points, making 11 of 13 free throws. Trevor Manuel made 9 of 10 foul shots and had 13 points ,and Terrance Phillips scored 11 points to help Oak Hill (16-1), which shot only 36.6 percent in the game, 29 percent in the first half. Bishop Gorman led until the third quarter, but managed only 28 second-half points, shooting 38.1 percent in the half.
Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound senior who chose Arizona over Kentucky and Southern California for college, had 21 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists, playing mostly facilitator for the third-ranked team (5-0) in the nation.