Arizona doing well with 2013 recruits

The new 2013 rankings are out and there are numerous players Arizona is recruiting. In fact, there are not many schools in the country that are in as good of a position as Arizona is with many recruits.

It is never too early to look toward the future and with head coach Sean Miller agreeing to a contract extension in Tucson, the future for the Arizona Wildcats is as bright as ever. A stellar class in 2011 has led to momentum in the 2012 class as Arizona has one commitment in five-star big man Grant Jerrett.

While the class of 2012 will be the main focus of the Wildcats' coaching staff, it has a good idea of what it can accomplish with the class of 2013. It is a guard and wing heavy laden class and the west coast is not short of elite talent.

Recent success by the program has put itself in a good position with a number of prospects. When Arizona received its commitment from Jerrett, it also received one from his high school teammate and friend Eric Cooper Jr.

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound point guard has been battling knee injuries, but is back on his way to regaining his form. He is currently a three-star prospect according to

Cooper is the only commitment in the class of 2013, but Arizona is making strides with several other prospects. Perhaps the biggest name in the class that is being coveted by the Wildcats is Chris Thomas.

Thomas, originally from Denver, recently moved to Phoenix to play at Westwind Prep, where he will spend the next two seasons getting prepared for the next level. Arizona is in great position with Thomas, who recently told Josh Gershon of that the Wildcats have a big lead.

"I like Arizona a lot," Thomas said. "I like coach (Sean) Miller and all of them; they're good people. I like how they talk to me. I really like the atmosphere. They're good people; they're really nice. They're people I'd want to be around."

He has been on several unofficial visits to Arizona and it will difficult for another school to pass Arizona in his recruitment, but anything is possible. Thomas is ranked fifth in the class and is right above another player that Arizona would absolutely love to land.

Aaron Gordon is a jack of all trades who can play inside and out and is great on the break. While Arizona is doing well in his recruitment, Gordon did admit to Washington and New Mexico sticking out for him.

It is still early, so you can bet that the Wildcats will continue to be aggressive in order to land the talented San Jose resident.

As we have stated, it is a wing and guard heavy class for 2013 and it helps when you have several sets of twins who have some game. Andrew and Aaron Harrison are getting a lot of attention from schools all over the country and for good reason, as both are well developed and elite players.

Andrew is more of the point guard while Aaron is the shooting guard of the brothers and both have an extensive list of suitors. Andrew recently told that he likes the coaching staff at Arizona.

"I like the coaches there," said Harrison. "It's a good coaching staff. It's a really nice place as far as the weather, so it's nice."

The other set of twins are based in San Diego as Tyree and Tyrel Robinson are making some noise as well. Arizona has been on the twins for a while and they have listed the Wildcats since last summer.

New to a lot of national attention is Richmond (Calif.) Salesian guard Jabari Bird. Bird is a scoring machine and will be a big time player for the program he chooses to go on to the next level with. Fortunately for Arizona, there is mutual interest as Bird has named Washington and Arizona as his two favorites early.

Isaac Hamilton is another guard who will be heavily recruited. He has great feel for the game and is still expanding his game. Arizona is recruiting Hamilton and the Crenshaw (Calif.) shooting guard recently told that he does have a leader at this point.

"Arizona," Hamilton said. "I like the coaching, how (Sean Miller) did with his players this year. I didn't expect them to go that far in the tournament. He's a really good coach. They say they're recruiting three players for my class and they said I'm in the top three."

The Wildcats have also had contact with Kuran Iverson, who is one of the best small forwards in the class, Nate Britt, Isaiah Lewis and Kendrick Nunn. All may be considered long shots to head west but Arizona will continue to stay in contact with them.

That also goes for the former UNLV commitment Nigel Williams-Goss. He will be a prospect that Arizona continues to monitor.

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