While Elliott Pitts is not on the same tier as other recent Arizona commits, he could have just as big an impact in Tucson by the time his college career is over.
For Pitts, the decision was easy.
“There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to go to Arizona,” Pitts said. “I discussed it with my parents and we thought it was a good decision. I’m so excited to be a Wildcat.”
The 6’5 shooting guard out of the Bay Area will officially sign his letter of intent today. When he does, it will be a sigh of relief for the Arizona coaching staff, who offered Pitts thinking that he will develop into a reliable scorer over the course of a four year career.
Pitts does not yet have the physicality and strength to overpower opponents but his basketball IQ and shooting ability from all over makes him an extremely valuable commitment.
Arizona is losing two of its top wing players, Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom, after the 2012-13 season. Whether Pitts will be able to immediately provide playing time at the shooting guard position is to be determined next summer but at the very least, he could provide extra depth on the bench.
Pitts was very eager about his future at Arizona.
“I’m excited. It’s amazing, I love Tucson, it’s very welcoming. Everything about Arizona excites me, there’s nothing I could say bad about it,” he said.
Pitts possesses a smooth shooting stroke and his consistency will only strengthen over the next season. In the long term future, the staff expects him to be one of the team’s more reliable scorers as an upperclassman.
Perhaps even more important than his jumper, Pitts has a strong understanding of the game of basketball. It might not sound like much but mental mistakes are often what hinder players from performing in certain situations. The staff shouldn’t have to worry about that with Pitts.
As for now, he will finish out his high school career at De La Salle High School.