Las Vegas Tournaments: Recruiting Notebook talked with many of Arizona's prospects to see where their recruitments stand. Read on to see what Robert Upshaw, Chris Thomas, and others say about their recruitment.

LAS VEGAS - - The action in Las Vegas kicked off Friday and there were a lot of Arizona prospects in attendance. spoke with several prospects and was able to get an idea of what kind of relationship they were building with Arizona coaching staff.


Brandon Ashley: Ashley remains a priority for Arizona and its hard work is being notice by the Bay Area native.

"Oregon and Arizona are the two schools that have really been there for every game," said Ashley. "Sean Miller and Dana Altman have been there front row every game showing their support."

Robert Upshaw: Upshaw played well for Dream Vision Friday and we got to ask him about his relationship with coach Sean Miller and James Whitford:

"It's a good relationship," said Upshaw. "I talk to them once a month. They came down even when I wasn't playing and they showed me love. That's big in a relationship."

Upshaw did not give a list of schools Friday but Arizona.

Landen Lucas: Lucas is another big man that continues to improve. He says that the coaching staff has also made him feel comfortable.

"They're really good guys. They all came at the end of my freshman year and that's when they made the offer," explained Lucas. "So, I have got to know them for a couple of years, which is nice. I get a chance to really build a relationship with them and the fact that the head coach is the one making the calls to me and my family means a lot to me."

Along with Arizona, Lucas is listing North Carolina State, Oregon, Kansas, Georgetown, Cal, and Stanford.


Jordan Bell: Bell is getting increased attention and he talked Friday about whether or not he feels if some Pac-12 schools will offer soon:

"Oh yeah," he said. "If I do well in this tournament and keep playing hard like I do, someone will offer."

Jabari Bird: Bird mpressed the masses on Friday and Arizona is in Bird's top three. He said that Coach Miller is a big reason why the Wildcats are near the top.

"I love them, Sean Miller is a really cool dude," said Bird. "I talk to him a lot as well as coach Pasternack. He's a really good recruiter and I talk to him a lot. He's a real guy, he keeps it solid and he tells me the truth."

Washington, California and Arizona are the top three for Bird.

Chris Thomas: learned that Chris Thomas has made a decision to go to South Kent Prep School in South Kent, Conn.

"The decision was based on me going to help me graduate," explained Thomas. "My other school was La Jolla Prep but we weren't too sure about that so my decision is to go to South Kent."

Thomas is still listing Arizona, Xavier, Memphis, and Kentucky.


Emmanuel Mudiay is still early in the recruitment process and is hearing from Arizona. The coaching staff has already made an impact on the young combo guard.

"They are really cool," said Mudaiy. "They've called me a couple of times. It's a blessing to be recruited by them because that's a point guard school and most of the point guards end up going to league. They're great people."

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