Vincent Edward Mendoza
Over the summer Sean Miller and the staff had a chance to watch 2017 top rated point guard Trevon Duval and an offer came his way. It was at that time that Duval told PGU, “I always had an interest in Arizona.” As he had an existing relationship with Arizona assistant ‘Book’ Richardson that had been on going so he “always wondered” when that offer would come.
The five-star 6’2 point guard is the most dynamic ball handler in the class of 2017 but it doesn’t stop there. Duval has the ability to play above the rim as well and is relentless at attacking the rim while still being able to create for others.
As his junior year is now in session he is at a new location. “I transferred from St. Benedict’s (NJ) to Dallas and now attend Advanced Preparatory International. I just wanted to put myself in a situation where I can compete against the best everyday. That’s the only way to get better.”
Now teammates with former UA target Terrance Ferguson (2016) and current target Billy Preston (2017) API is amongst the best teams in the country. “It’s been an adjustment. Just getting used to playing with them and understanding their styles. We can be the best team in the country no doubt,” he tells PGU.
As Duval knows what makes college programs great is the recruiting game and he is very familiar with how that goes. “I remember when nobody was after me but I just kept working hard and now I talk to a lot of schools so it’s just a blessing.”
“Arizona was here last week so it’s always nice to see them come out to the gym to watch us practice.” When asked if he’s spoken to his teammate Preston about a college destination he joked, “we’ve talked about it before but nothing serious. It’s early for the both of us but you never know what could happen. Whatever is best for us both but I mean I know that they’re coming after both of us.”
Upon speaking with Duval in the past he expressed that his lead recruiter was Book and that hasn’t changed much but told PGU that (coach) Miller “has been around more for sure. Coach Book is just funny. It’s never about only basketball we talk about everything.”
The Arizona coaching staff will continue to pursue the top-rated point guard for the 2017 class while the recruiting cycle is a never-ending season.