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Arizona’s Future Bright on Signing Day

November 11th, 2014 News 7 Comments

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Arizona welcomes a new generation of talent during the early signing period, as four highly rated recruits will sign their national letters of intent to become Wildcats.

Guards Justin Simon and Allonzo Trier, forward Ray Smith, and center Chance Comanche will all sign on the dotted line, giving Arizona one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

“It will be a crazy feeling, this is my dream school,” Simon told PGU. A 6-4 guard with a 6-11 wingspan, Simon is a defensive stopper who brings a versatile skill set to the perimeter.

Simon is also a west coast recruit, hailing from Temecula Valley, CA.

“I’ve always wanted this moment to come but never would’ve thought that I would have this opportunity,” Simon said. “A year ago at this time, I was hoping that they would offer me a scholarship.”

Simon’s play over the last year earned him much national recognition, including the Arizona offer he coveted.

Along with Simon, Arizona bolsters their backcourt depth with the addition of Trier, a prolific scorer. Known for his ability to score in bunches, Trier will provide an immediate offensive spark.

“I think the future is really bright,” Trier told PGU. “I’m excited to be a part of it.”

When asked about what he expects at the college level, Trier said he expects a lot of hard work.

“I want to compete hard and get better every day, it’s going to be a grind but I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m a competitor so I want to battle at the highest level and prove myself.”

Arizona has had a long line of versatile players who could impact the game in a variety of ways. Smith could be the next great do-it-all player for the Wildcats, as there isn’t much the 6-8 forward from Las Vegas can’t do on the court.

“I think I can provide versatility, and do all the little things my team needs from me,” Smith told PGU. “I know I can do a lot of different things so I want to be able to rebound, pass, defend, anything the team needs me to do.”

Smith, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, is well on his way to recovery. Though he has been away from the court for awhile now, Smith remains positive about his knee and what the future holds.

“It’s been tough not being able to play, but that just fuels me and motivates me to come back strong and ready to play,” he said. “But with this group of guys we have coming in we have a chance to be something really special, and to achieve a lot as a team so that motivates me as well.”

As has been the trend during Sean Miller’s time at Arizona, the Wildcats’ recruiting class is one of the best in the nation and has a chance to be the top overall class depending on how things shake out.

“It’s definitely an honor when a program like Arizona wants you,” Smith said. “You put in all the hard work to be in that position so it’s a big moment to make it official.”

But moreso than the talent Miller has added to the program, he’s also brought in a high level of character in his recruits.

“I always try to stay humble and remember where I came from and the journey I took to get there,” Smith told PGU. “I just want to work hard to achieve my goals and win basketball games.”

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  1. Buzzard

    November 11, 2014

    These guys remind me of the tough nosed, hard working guys Lute used to pull in. VERY excited for next year already.


    November 12, 2014

    Great read, very excited for this recruiting class. Love the versatility and all-around games of this trio…gonna be a nightmare for our opponents. BEAR DOWN!!!

  3. Jeff

    November 12, 2014

    Miller did very well in preparing Arizona for the inevitable slew of players departing the program at the end of the season. It’ll be fun watching how these freshman perform and fit in on what will be a very young team next year.

  4. titan4wildcats

    November 12, 2014

    Another great article on PGU. Very excited for this season, but with the recruits Coach Miller has brought in for next season, it’s hard not to be excited for that season as well. I believe this is going to be the way it is here at the home of the Wildcats for a long time. The beginning of the Sean Miller era is about to reach and maintain great heights now.

    Bear Down Coach Miller!

  5. coolcat

    November 12, 2014

    Love the attitude of these guys. They all want to work hard and are humble and hungry. Where is Comanche.

  6. Mike Goldthwaite

    November 13, 2014

    If somehow Stanley Johnson doesn’t go pro this year, can you imagine him playing alongside Trier, Simon, and Ray Smith? With the strength of this perimeter, how could Rabb, Zimmerman, or Swanigan NOT want to be a Wildcat? Opposing teams could not risk double teaming the low post player…..we’d be unstoppable, literally.

  7. Papadeuce

    November 13, 2014

    And Miller just keeps ’em rolling in!!! Good players, great kids, great school. What more can cats fans ask for??

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