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Arizona Basketball Recruiting Update

August 22nd, 2012 News No Comments

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Ace Thakore

Rondae Jefferson had a great visit to Tucson this week and Arizona put itself in a very good spot to land the 2013 elite wing. Jefferson has scheduled an in home visit and official visit with Arizona in September.

We believe Arizona is the team to beat and you can credit that to Sean Miller and the Arizona staff.

Kentucky is the perceived favorite for James Young, but Arizona has done an excellent job closing the gap. We don’t see him being in college for more than a year, so the hope is the Harrison twins and Andrew Wiggins commit to UK and that could help push Young to Arizona. Andrew Wiggins would need to reclassify to 2013 for this to happen and he is expected to do so.

Young will likely visit Arizona in the middle of September. We also expect Young to visit Michigan State, Kansas, Syracuse and UK. We will be speaking to James Young over the next few days so stay tuned for that interview.

Keith Frazier will likely take an official visit to Arizona but we keep hearing he wants to wait until the spring to decide. Arizona has done everything it can in this recruitment and the longer it draws out the less likely Frazier ends up at Arizona. However, that’s just our opinion. When your’re the perceived leader in a recruitment time usually isn’t on your side.

If Frazier wanted to come to Arizona today the staff would welcome him.

UCLA is Arizona’s biggest competition for Parker Jackson-Cartwright. He has seen UCLA’s campus but has yet to visit Arizona. PJC told us that he is going to get down to Tucson on August 25th. It’s a credit to the Arizona staff that it’s in such good position without PJC ever seeing the campus.

Once PJC visits Arizona, we believe they will be the team to beat. Parker is looking to decide early and it’s possible that he could commit to Arizona sooner than later. UCLA is said to favor 2014 PG Jordan Mclaughlin and that could help push Jackson-Cartwright to Arizona.

Washington is the perceived leader for Aaron Gordon, but can’t be happy that he hasn’t committed yet. Time is what Arizona has on its side. The longer Gordon waits the better for Arizona as he will get to compare UA and UW head to head this season. Gordon will also visit Tucson for the Red/Blue game and Sean Miller will be looking to steal him away from Washington in the spring.

Stanley Johnson is playing in the Elite 24 game this weekend and will visit Arizona for the Red/Blue game as well. The Red/Blue game should have a Soldier feel, especially if 2015 Ivan Rabb makes the trip.

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