Family feeling led to York's decision

There were numerous reasons for Gabe York deciding on Arizona. Read on to see what played the biggest role in his decision and how he views his future teammates.

The Arizona Men's basketball program have received its second commitment in the class of 2012 as 6-foot-2,170-pound shooting guard Gabe York called head coach Sean Miller and told him the good news.

York now joins Grant Jerrett in the class of 2012 and the Wildcats are not done yet. Recent success has allowed momentum on the recruiting trail for Arizona and that momentum helped land a very capable guard Sunday.

The Orange, Calif. native has the potential to add on to the guard legacy that has stayed with the school for decades. The easy answer would be that York picked Arizona because of the history at the position, but York says that is not the case.

"Obviously they have had a lot of great guards coming out of there," said York. "Jason Terry, Mike Bibby and a whole lot more, but that wasn't really a big factor for me. It was just the feeling in my heart that I was so sure and that was what really made my decision."

York was looking for a family type feel in whichever school he picked, from the coaching staff on down to his teammates. He was able to get somewhat of a feel for the Arizona family while on his visit.

Since Miller has been at Arizona, he has had players unselfishly sell the Wildcats to recruits while on their visits. Lamont Jones was great at it, but with him now gone, someone else is going to have to take on the roll of host.

Perhaps that person will be incoming freshman Nick Johnson. He has yet to play a game for Arizona, but did a great job of making York feel comfortable in Tucson.

"Nick, Kevin Parrom and Kyle Fogg all showed me around the campus," explained York. "I knew Nick before that, so we were already cool with him. Kevin and Kyle were great. They showed me around the school, all the food places and the new dorms."

Johnson and York are good friends, which is something that helped York ultimately make the decision for the Wildcats. The two are slated to play the same position and you can bet that York will try and get Johnson's spot.

"It's great, I've known him for about a year and a half or two years now and we just got along really well," said York. "I heard he was tweeting congratulations to me and it is just a good bond that we have. We never fight and it is just all good."

Arizona still has another scholarship to give in the class of 2012, but there are two names that they would love to land no matter what. Shabazz Muhammad is a player that any school in the country would want and instantly makes any team a contender.

Even though York is a shooting guard like Muhammad, Arizona would take a commitment from him with no doubt. Brandon Ashley is also at the top of the list and is a player that Wildcat fans are most excited about.

Ashley would solidify Arizona's frontcourt and give it a player that can be dominant both in the paint and out as well. York says that he is already trying to get Ashley to join him.

"We are trying to get Brandon Ashley now," said York. "I texted him today and talked to him, he might be coming too."


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