While most of the college basketball world has their eyes fixed squarely upon the Sweet 16, Arizona fans have likely begun theorizing about next season. After all, spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, and Sean Miller and Co. are doing their best to give Wildcat fans hope for a fresh start in 2012-13 with some recent developments on the recruiting trail.
The first big item is former Duquesne point guard TJ McConnell’s decision to transfer. Wildcat fans may remember the name from when the Dukes came to McKale in November, a game after which Miller heaped praise onto the heady lead guard. Known as a steady ball handler and cerebral floor general, McConnell’s style fits Miller’s mold perfectly. More importantly, it seems that McConnell is equally interested in playing for Arizona. Check out this tweet from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Though McConnell just announced his intention to leave Duquesne yesterday, PGU sources indicate that Arizona will be aggressively pursuing the Pittsburgh native and will be the frontrunner in his re-recruitment. Don’t be surprised to see McConnell continue his career as a Wildcat.
In other news 2012 guard Amedeo Della Valle, a teammate of future Wildcat Brandon Ashley, has narrowed his list of schools down to Arizona, Michigan, Texas A&M, Gonzaga, and Ohio State. Della Valle has a visit to Tucson set for April 13th, and people close to the recruitment give Arizona as good or better odds of getting a commitment from the Italian guard than anyone else.
There has been much speculation on whether or not Arizona will return all the guards on its current roster, with most of the uncertainty surrounding freshman Josiah Turner and sophomore Jordin Mayes. Suffice it to say that if the Wildcats do not retain all four guards, consider Della Valle a heavy Arizona lean.
With no NCAA tournament to occupy themselves, at the very least Arizona fans should have some recruiting intrigue to fall back on as the college hoops season comes to a close.
On a side note, 2014 PG Parker Jackson-Cartwright said that Sean Miller got him pumped up over the phone when they spoke tonight.