UA prospects move plenty in rankings

Arizona has numerous prospects in the new 2012 rankings and there was plenty of movement.'s 2012 rankings were released on Wednesday and there was plenty of movement as it relates to Arizona prospects.

For starters, Bishop Gorman guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad remained at the three spot, despite the fact that he put up a fight for the top spot in the class.

There is certainly an opportunity for him to still get it and should he continue to play like he did at the recent Jayhawk Invitational, it may be hard to leave him out of the top spot.

Dewitt (NY) center Dajuan Coleman moved up from the being ranked sixth and is now considered to be the fourth best player in the country.

Arizona is considered to be one of Coleman's top schools, but Syracuse, Kentucky, and Ohio State are also considered to be schools that are sticking out for him.

Southborough (Mass.) center Kaleb Tarczewski moved up four spots to the fifth-ranked player in the class. Arizona is not mentioned much with Tarczewski, but it is a legitimate option and this recruitment is certainly one to keep an eye on.

Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd center Brandon Ashley fell to the nine spot after being ranked as the fifth best player in the class. Arizona remains one of the schools to beat in Ashley's recruitment and his fall likely had more to do with other players stepping up rather than his actual play.

Not many players in the country made as big of a jump as Wolfeboro (N.H.) center Mitch McGary, who went from 65 to 15.

The jump is certainly well deserved, as McGary has been impressive as of late and has shown major growth in his game.

Arizona is one of the schools recruiting him, but McGary is likely going to have plenty of offers once word continues to spread about how well he has played.

Another player that made a major jump is center Robert Upshaw, who now finds himself at 24 after being ranked number 60 in the previous rankings.

Not many players have done more for themselves in the spring than Upshaw, who was forced to sit out a year due to transfer rules.

La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran forward and Arizona commit Grant Jerrett fell from 12 to 16 in the latest rankings.

Jerrett is now ranked as the fourth best power forward in the class and there is still plenty of time for him to move back up in the rankings.

Houston Village School center Shaquille Cleare moved from 25 to 20 and is being recruited by many schools throughout the country.

Arizona is in good shape with the five-star center, but he does not seem to be close to making a decision any time soon.

There are certainly other players on the list that the Wildcats will look at, but as of now, there was plenty of movement among the main targets, most of which was for the better.

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