Conventional wisdom on the Stanley Johnson recruitment has shifted to Arizona as the most likely landing spot for the five-star small forward.
But ESPN posted its Recruiting Nation “Hot Board” on Tuesday and predicted that Johnson would end up picking Kentucky. The feature, which offered picks for all of the top uncommitted prospects in the Class of 2014, was accompanied by a note that stated, “Our predictions are based on what we’re hearing from high school coaches and from the prospects themselves. They are subject to change as more information becomes available.”
Many analysts have been saying that Arizona is the leader for Johnson, a 6-foot-7 prospect from California who is ranked among the top 10 players in the class by every major recruiting service. Kentucky and Southern Cal are thought to be the main competition.
The ESPN prediction came with one caveat: “If Johnson does sign early … Arizona may have an advantage. But if Johnson waits until January … Kentucky will reel in this recruit.” They pointed out that Johnson is expected to wait until next calendar year to pick a school. He told Scout.com recently that he has no plans to sign this month.
It should be noted that each prediction included a “Confidence Meter,” and the one attached to Johnson’s profile was only 60 percent full.
ESPN also offered predictions on Myles Turner, Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander, Tyus Jones, Jonah Bolden, Rashad Vaughn, Jaquan Lyle and more. Read them all right here.