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Nike Extravaganza Offers Preview Into 2014 and 2015 Classes

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Mater Dei was able to escape with a 63-60 win against Westchester in the Nike Extravaganza final last weekend, but more interesting was taking in some of the highlights form the 2014 and 2015 recruiting classes.

Stanley Johnson, No. 14 in the 2014 Rivals150 and No. 22 in the 2014 ESPN 60, put on a solid showing and did enough to suggest his stock could be on the rise.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 wing, faced off against the Westchester Comets on Saturday night in what was a late and uninspiring contest. Johnson still managed to score 21 for Mater Dei in the final, including nine in the fourth quarter, to go along with 16 rebounds.

Compared to a younger Ron Artest in that he isn’t overly athletic but possesses a big mobile body, Johnson is very solid in a number of different areas, but he could afford to improve his overall skill level, or even push an aspect or two of his game into an elite level.

Tra Holder, a 6-foot-3 point guard, is another who should see his ranking dramatically improve in the near future. Holder currently doesn’t have a notable ranking, but he displayed ability as a floor general with some scoring capability as well.

Aaron Holiday may be the brother of NBA All-Star Jrue Holiday, but is now drawing interest of his own.

He’s a four-star prospect in the class of 2015 and is impressive primarily playing off the ball. He rebounds well and, like his brother, is an impressive athlete, but could improve his shooting and at just 6-foot-1, probably should start learning the point guard position.

Rashad Muhammad, brother of UCLA star Shabazz, had a notable Saturday scoring 24 points, collecting five rebounds and handing out three assists and is one to keep an eye on.