2013 Rankings: An Arizona perspective

The new 2013 rankings are out and there are plenty of Arizona players. Read on to see which players Arizona is recruiting and their movement in the latest rankings.

Having momentum in recruiting means that a program can recruit prospects that want to, and are, getting better each time they step out onto the court. For Arizona, the players they are targeting in the class of 2013 continue to either climb up the charts or maintain a strong position in the rankings.

Scout.com's national scouting analysts Evan Daniels, Brian Snow and Josh Gershon put out the newest edition of rankings for the class of 2013 and several prospects continue to be in the thick of being among the best players in the countries.

Previously, the rankings were only for the top 50 for the class of 2013 and now that they have expanded to 100, many prospects around the country find themselves on the list for the first time.

The highest Arizona prospect comes in at number three and Aaron Gordon seems to be working harder than anyone in the country. It does not matter if the ball is not falling through the hoop for Gordon, he does not rely solely on his talent and has one of the best motors on the court.

Gordon was able to use a strong spring to gain the third spot in the ranking and he is still trying to get his jumper working. If he can get a consistent jumper, watch out.

At number six is another extremely talented player, as Denver native Chris Thomas moves down just one spot from number five. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound shooting guard has not been participating in many camps this spring but early tournaments on the circuit showed he has the talent, including a big game against one of the best amateur players in the world, scoring 38 points against Shabazz Muhammed in Kansas.

Some stability occurred in the new rankings with the Harrison twins as Aaron stayed at number seven while his brother Andrew stayed at number 12. A handful of opponents for the twins have rolled into the summer proving that guarding the both of them will be difficult, especially since both have different strengths on the court.

Jabari Bird also did not see his position change from the previous rankings as he rounds out the top 10. Bird had some moments this spring, but it was not overly impressive.

Many are waiting for Bird to establish that killer instinct, as he is primed to do, because he is a very talented player with a very high ceiling.

Sitting right outside of five-star status is Los Angeles native Isaac Hamilton. Hamilton just recently joined the Oakland Soldiers on an already loaded team with enough talent to send each player to a division one school.

So far, Hamilton has been able to fill a void of being the back-up point guard to Dominic Artis. On a team full of wings, the 26th ranked guard has been able to show off his ball handling and point guard skills.

A player that was not previously ranked, but is opening eyes across the nation, is Stephen Domingo. The San Francisco small forward has a pure stroke and has been able to show if off in the spring.

At the Pangos All-American Camp Top 50 game, Domingo was the MVP, as he scored 30 points and hit 5 of 7 from deep. Domingo comes in at 34 on the rankings and his four-star rating is showing that his hard work is starting to pay off.

The second set of twins that Arizona is recruiting has a much bigger disparity when it comes to their rankings. Tyree Robinson was originally placed at number 25 but fell down to his current and new spot at 49.

Tyrel Robinson was unranked but find himself at 72 and also a four star prospect. The twins are playing with Oakland Soldiers and while Tyree finds himself showing off his talent more, Tyrel has somewhat been swallowed up by the amount of talent on the roster.

It will be interesting to see how things progress with the Robinson twins during the summer and into their high school season. Being around good talent is good, but being lost in the shuffle can hurt.

Arizona has done a good job evaluating talent so far in the class of 2013 and recruiting does not look to be slowing down any time soon.

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