With the departure of Zion Williamson, the Cameron Crazies were facing the prospect of no gravity-defying, awe-inducing slams that ignited the arena.
However, with Cassius Stanley announcing Monday afternoon at Sierra Canyon High School that he will be playing under head coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke this fall, Cameron Indoor Stadium might be in for another season rim-shaking dunks. Stanley will bring another dose of elite athleticism to Durham.
The No. 29 recruit in the Class of 2019, Stanley joins Vernon Carey Jr., Matthew Hurt, Wendell Moore and Boogie Ellis in the Blue Devils' star-studded incoming class. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard chose the Blue Devils, who entered his recruitment very late, over the likes of Kansas, Oregon and UCLA.
Stanley was overlooked for much of his high school career due to a lack of a jumper. Now, his quick release and smooth stroke is arguably one of the best facets of his game. The California native is developing into a complete player, using his energy and athletic ability to become a disciplined and competitive defender, and using his agility, quickness, and bounce to create space on shots or simply elevate over defenders a la Russell Westbrook. Stanley has solid floor vision, loves to get out on in transition and penetrates the paint with ease.