LAKEWOOD, Colo. - There were numerous Arizona prospects in attendance Friday at the Double Pump Spring Tournament and each gave WildcatAuthority.com an update on their recruitment.
Isaac Hamilton: Crenshaw (Los Angeles, Calif.) 2013 SG
Even though his team suffered a first-game loss to kick off the Double Pump tournament, Isaac Hamilton was clearly the leader of his squad and was asked to do a lot for Team Jennings. He struggled with shooting from the outside, but did manage to get to the basket and create contact.
While it is still early in his recruitment, Hamilton says that Arizona is among many schools that are standing out so far.
"Arizona, UCLA, USC, St. John's, UConn, and Washington are standing out," he said.
When asked what he likes so far about Arizona, he pointed to the coaching staff.
"Coaching," said Hamilton. "Coach Book (Richardson) and Coach (James) Whitford are recruiting me. Coach Miller came to my school at the beginning of the year to check on me."
It also seems that location may become a factor in his recruitment.
"I do want my family to come see my play though, so that will part into my recruitment," said Hamilton.
Aaron Harrison Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, Tex.) 2013 SG
Despite an easy victory in the late-night contest against California Supreme, 2013 prospect Aaron Harrison did not play one of his best games. However, that definitely won't change his recruitment.
When asked if he has heard from Arizona, Harrison said he has heard from Head Coach Sean Miller, who sees him fitting into the Arizona program.
"He really likes his guards, so I think he really likes us and he's really trying to get us up there," Harrison said.
The Wildcats may have one advantage according to what Harrison says he is looking for in a school.
"A guard school, a basketball school, that will let us play," said Hamilton.
This recruitment is far from over as Harrison says he currently has "no idea" when he will make a list of his top schools.
Andrew Harrison Strake Jesuit College Prep (Houston, Tex.) 2013 SG
The Houston Defenders Select are lucky enough to have not one, but two players with the last name of Harrison. Andrew is the twin brother of Aaron Harrison and played a solid game on Friday night.
Andrew gave some insight as to how his game differs from his brother's.
"I'm more of a point guard," he said. "As you saw the game today, [Aaron] is going to put it up. He had a horrible game tonight but we are still beat up from last weekend, but we'll be alright and we'll put on a show tomorrow."
When asked about a list of schools, Harrison named Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Arizona, Baylor, and Maryland as those that are currently in the running.
Shaquille Cleare The Village School (Houston, Tex.) 2013 C
Even though he is on the same roster as the Harrison twins, this 280-pound Center still demanded his own attention on Friday night.
Shaquille Cleare has a school list that consists of Maryland, Arizona, Arkansas, Texas, Texas A&M, and Kansas.
While most prospects are concerned with style of play, playing time, and other factors, Cleare is looking for something other than those.
"I'm looking for a great team that I can go into and have like a brotherhood," he said. "Something like a family, have fun and get better."
It will be tough for Arizona to pull the big man out of Texas, but the Wildcats are still in the hunt along with everyone else.
Rosco Allen Bishop Gorman H.S. (Las Vegas, Nev.) 2012 PF
Rosco Allen is a prospect that has been on Arizona's radar for quite some time. Allen says the Wildcats are still recruiting him and he does enjoy certain aspects of the Arizona program.
"Their style of play is great," said Allen.
He is hearing the most from head coach Sean Miller, whom Allen says he is fond of.
"He is always honest and is just a good guy," said Allen.
Regardless of how long Arizona has been in pursuit of the Double Pump Elite standout, it doesn't seem like this recruitment will be ending anytime soon.
"I'm still wide open, I don't have a list yet," said Allen.
Chris Thomas Westwind Prep Academy (Phoenix, AZ) 2013 SG
It was a homecoming game for Chris Thomas as his Colorado Hawks took on California Supreme in the opening matchup of the tournament.
Although he enjoys being home with friends and family, it doesn't seem like Thomas minds being in Arizona at Westwind Prep Academy.
"I like it a lot," he said. "I like the students there, the school, the teachers, and the work."
It is evident that the move to Arizona has helped the Wildcats' staff pay even more attention to Thomas, who is now just two hours north of Tucson.
"Arizona is really standing out," says Thomas. "They come a lot to watch me."
However, it isn't just the proximity to Tucson that has made Arizona one of his early favorites.
"I love the people there," Thomas said. "They are good guys, a real good coaching staff. I like the crowd and just the environment."
Arizona is in as good of a position as anyone at this point in Thomas' recruitment.
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