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Stanley Johnson wants to see UK’s “best” at Big Blue Madness


Yesterday belonged to Malik Newman, but today may belong to Stanley Johnson. The 6’6″ 200 lbs. small forward posted 33 points, 14 rebounds, and four steals in Oakland Soldier’s 67-64 win over Expressions Elite, erasing any doubt about his skills after a disappointing outing yesterday. He did it in front of an elite audience of John Calipari, Coach K, Steve Alford, and Sean Miller, and afterwards, told reporters he can’t wait to visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in October:

“That’s supposed to be the biggest show ever. I talked to Cliff [Alexander], he went last year. I have a couple people that went last year. The coaches have explained it to me. I told them I want to be there for the best. I want to see Rupp 30,000 deep.

Johnson plans to make his decision by January, and will sign in the late signing period. Rivals’ 8th best player in the 2014 class may have had one of the lines of the tournament when he asked about posing after a dunk in front of Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan: “I don’t know who Bo Ryan is, by the way.” But what about that big block in front of John Calipari? “I do know who that guy is.”

Johnson’s list includes Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA, and USC. He hinted to reporters that Kentucky’s in a very good position right now because they’re the only team to have singled him out as their only small forward offer:

“I’m the only person that they offered at Kentucky at my position so that’s a big deal for me. So just kind of realizing that kind of made me think about that a little bit more.”

As far as Duke’s place in his recruitment? “I’m not their main guy, per se,” Johnson said. “They’re in the picture a little bit, but them not recruiting me as hard as other schools are recruiting me puts them at the bottom of the barrel.”

See you in October, Stanley.

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17 Comments for Stanley Johnson wants to see UK’s “best” at Big Blue Madness

  1. Ridge Runner
    12:10 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Today, I’m back at work (well kinda shhh) and he decides to show out!!! Dang it. Seriously, good for the team & him cuz yesterday they were not ready for sure.

  2. Chicago Chris
    12:13 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    “per se?” He sounds smart. I like him.

  3. Ridge Runner
    12:18 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    2- Chris…actually the quote left out a letter in a dudes last name. He was responding to local reporter “Jim Pertse”.

    “I’m not their main guy, pertse,”

    ok…ok…I’m going back to work.

  4. SeaCat
    12:18 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink


  5. ChicagoCat
    12:34 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    I have a feeling this kid is going to be our next 2014 commit. It just feels meant to be.

  6. I Say
    12:37 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve felt like Johnson has been a lock for a while. He loves UK and is always raving about us. I loved his quote of him saying, “I am the type of player that UK recruits.”

  7. UK
    12:42 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    This kid is the second coming of MKG, but with a jumper. A tremendous competitor, tireless worker, and outspoken leader.

  8. mlvei
    1:23 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Duke right at the bottom of the barrel is where they belong. The kid has his priorities correct even at this stage.

  9. PhilUK18
    1:24 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink


    Hahahahahahaha! Thanks, I needed a good laugh today

  10. Thrashitup
    1:34 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    8 – AD, MKG, John Wall and Demarcus Cousins say hey

  11. rainman
    1:52 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    #8 Maybe the Loosiers should hang another banner for that!

  12. elstie01
    2:00 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    If Rupp is 30k deep, there’s going to be a lot of people sitting on laps.

  13. gog8ors
    3:36 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Cal probably told him Rupp held 30,000. Wouldn’t be the first time he has lied to a recruit. Just sayin’.

  14. CatsFanFrankfort
    3:55 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Already love this kid. Fan favorite if we get him for sure. 2014 class shaping up to be pretty nice.
    I like our chances for E. Mudiay, S. Johnson, C. Alexander (and/or T. Lyles) and maybe R. Vaughn. With K. Towns, that is No. 1 for sure. Definitely a solid class

  15. PhilUK18
    5:41 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink


    Name one specific recruit that Cal has lied to and the specific lie that he told. What’s that? You can’t? Yeah, that’s what I thought

  16. Carve it in stone...
    5:53 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink

    Stanley Johnson will be a Cat. So will Emmanuel Mudiay.

    Really want to count Devin Booker in, too.

    Not sure about Trey Lyles and/or Cliff Alexander… If Marcus and Dakari stay, and if Kyle Wiltjer doesn’t transfer, I don’t see much more room for big guys.

    I’ve given up hope on Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. 🙁

  17. PhilUK18
    5:57 pm July 12, 2013 Permalink


    Agreed on all counts. I would rather have Mudiay than Jones anyway, although it is a shame to miss out on Okafor. He and Towns would be damn near impossible to score on in the paint together