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.
“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.”