Former Sierra Canyon wing Cassius Stanley was selected in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. He was the No. 54 overall pick.
As a senior in high school in 2018-19, Stanley led the Trailblazers to a 32-3 season and CIF Open Division state title. The 4-star prospect averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds on 47.4% shooting (36% from three) as a freshman at Duke last season.
Known for his unbelievable leaping ability, Stanley broke Zion Williamson’s Duke-record vertical leap of 45 inches with a 46.5 inch leap. Some are saying that he could go down as one of the greatest dunkers ever if he can carve out a full NBA career.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT STANLEY
“The modern NBA values having one elite skill (shooting, defense, etc.) over a lack of weaknesses and Stanley is the inverse of that. Outside of jumping, there’s nothing he currently does beyond the average-to-good range in the NBA … Any team that drafts Stanley would be wise to view him as a developmental project with 3-and-D potential, the type of player you groom to make a difference closer to his third season.” –Yahoo’s Casey Feeney.