Impressions of 2012 class

WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance in Las Vegas and we had the opportunity to see numerous players. Read on for impressions of Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, and more.

We recently observed several Arizona recruits and commits in Las Vegas at three separate tournaments (Adidas Super 64, Fab 48, Las Vegas Live) and came away with impressions on a few of these players that participated in the events. Some players stood out while others had trouble with consistency and it showed on the floor. Let's begin with some of the prospects that have already given UA their verbal.

Gabe York

It was clear why Sean Miller and his staff like York. He is a fiery player with an abundance of natural athleticism and the ability to possibly assume the point guard duties. He is a bit more of a ball-dominating scorer, but he is an intelligent player with the willingness to be assertive with the ball in his hands.

York can score in bunches and he is versatile enough to hit shots from all over the floor. He buried attempts from NBA three-point range, dunked on interior defenders and everything in between. One aspect that could be a slight concern is that York went into panic mode when his squad fell off course. He would force shots up and, at times, take on too many defenders at once. In York's defense, he only did that when his teammates failed to pick up the slack, an issue he really shouldn't run into as a Wildcat.

The guard has the ability to create his own shot while he holds possession as well as finding open looks when he is moving without the ball. Combining Miller's tutelage with York's raw talent has the potential to be a match made in heaven for Arizona fans.

Grant Jerrett

Jerrett is one of those rare big men that can finish underneath, post a defender up and also knock down shots from deep. Most big men – especially ones his age – tend to skew in one direction or another, but Jerrett has the capability of beating defenders all over the court.

The big man is going to be interesting at the next level. Defenses are going to try to body him up in the paint, but even if they are successful, Jerrett will step out and knock down shots.

Defensively, Jerrett does have a little work to do. He did seem to have trouble avoiding fouls while bodying up opposing players in the paint. Stronger players will cause him problems potentially in the paint, but Jerrett has more than enough time to improve that area of his game before he starts college.

Brandon Ashley

Ashley is certainly a solid athlete with a high ceiling. He is a legitimate post player who can be elite at the next level. He does need to add some muscle though if he wants to progress to that tier, but he certainly has all the tools to make it happen.

Ashley does have to share the paint with 2013 top prospect Aaron Gordon, so he didn't always stand out, but Ashley was obviously game-planned for by opposing coaches. If he can add a good amount of muscle while retaining his athleticism, Ashley will be one of the best power forwards in college basketball in due time.

Kaleb Tarczewski

Tarczewski is a throw-back center who excels in the half-court game. Unfortunately for him, these AAU tournaments don't necessarily provide him with the style of play that magnifies his skill-set.

The center from Massachusetts does have very good moves in the post and his footwork is what could propel him into one of the better post-players at the collegiate level.

Despite not putting up the best numbers, UA remains high on Tarczewski and rightfully so. He did score 19 points in his first game of the tournament and was a big focus of opposing coaches after that. In a college environment with better coaching, Tarczewski would flourish.


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