Three Standout Prep Recruits Sign With Stanford
Nov. 10, 2004
Stanford, Ca - Anthony Goods, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound perimeter player from Corona, California, Lawrence Hill, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward from Glendale, Arizona and Mitch Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound point guard from Seattle, Washington have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at Stanford University.
Stanford head coach Trent Johnson announced the three signings, who will enter Stanford in the fall of 2005, on Wednesday November 11th. 'With the addition of Anthony, Lawrence and Mitch, we feel our program and players will be very solid in the future,' remarked Johnson. 'Each of them are fine gentlemen and great students and will be vibrant contributors to Stanford's Class of 2009.'
Lawrence Hill is a skillful, athletic swingman from Deer Valley High School, where he looks to contend for a state title his senior year. Last season Hill averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and five assists, garnered first team all-region and first team all-state honors in addition to being named a two time MVP of the Arizona Preps Fall Showcase. 'Lawrence is a very versatile player who has the potential to do very well at Stanford,' commented Johnson.
Hill relishes the opportunities he has ahead of him at Stanford. 'With all that the University and the Cardinal program have to offer, I have total control over my future now. Stanford definitely gives me the chance to succeed.'
Anthony Goods, a solid perimeter shooter, is a senior a Centennial High School where he was Co-MVP of the Mountain View League and Second Team All-CIF. Goods averaged 17 points, five assists and three rebounds per game last year. In addition to being a member of the Compton Magic Travel Team, Hill represented the West in the USA Youth Development Festival this summer. 'I see Anthony developing in to a strong shooting guard who also has the capability of playing point,' said Johnson.
Goods saw his visit to campus as an affirmation of his perceptions of Stanford Basketball. While the 'down to earth' atmosphere of the school attracted Goods, he was most impressed by the fact that 'the program is designed for the ultimate player development.'
Mitch Johnson was the floor general for O'Dea High School's state championship team last season where he averaged 20 points, six assists and four rebounds per game. Johnson was named tournament MVP, Metro League MVP and All-State his junior season as well as being a member of the Nike All American camp he last two years. 'Mitch is a proven leader and winner,' stated coach Johnson. 'He definitely makes other players better on the court.'
'On my visit, people struck me as genuine and that they really care.' Johnson also noted that the 'atmosphere of success' at Stanford is pervasive and is very appealing.'
With the addition of this recruiting class, Coach Johnson is confident that 'our perimeter play should be solid for years to come.' Johnson added, 'This year's class is a testament to the appeal of Stanford University and its basketball program. I know that these three young men carry on that tradition.'