2012 Rankings: A closer look

The post July 2012 rankings are out and WildcatAuthority.com talked with national analyst Evan Daniels about the Arizona recruits involved.

The summer evaluation periods have ended and Scout.com released its post July rankings for the top 100 prospects in the class of 2012. There was quite a bit of movement from the five-star players near the top down to number 100.

From an Arizona perspective, the Wildcats have two commitments in Grant Jerrett and most recently Gabe York, but they are looking to add two more players in the class of 2012. The top two players who remain on the board for Arizona are Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski.

All four players saw their standing change from the last set of rankings and WildcatAuthority.com caught up with Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, who was able to give some insight on the movement in the latest rankings.

Coming in at number four is Ashley, who showed that he can be a dominant player this summer and as a result was moved up to four from being ranked eighth in the country. Daniels says that Ashley is one of the best prospects in the country and it showed this summer.

"With Brandon Ashley, he has been really impressive with his ability to score and do it very well around the basket," said Daniels. "That is what stands out to me. He is really good at being aggressive when in the lane and trying to get to the basket. He is definitely one of the better prospects that you will see out there."

Ashley has been dominant inside the lane, especially while facing up to the basket and even got his shot going a little bit from about 15 feet out. The 6-foot-9, 180-pound forward is set to attend Findlay Prep for his senior year and you can expect that he will continue to work to get better.

Five spots down and ranked at number nine is 7-foot-0, 220-pound center Kaleb Tarczewski. The big man was ranked at number six previously, but did see a slight drop in the rankings.

The drop is not a major issue as Tarczewski still remains a top ten prospect and Daniels has no doubt that the Massachusetts native has a bright future.

"[Kaleb] has pretty impressive upside," explained Daniels. "He can score around the basket, block shots, get rebounds and is a tougher kid than what people give him credit for. He developed that little hook over his left shoulder and I have no doubt that he is going to be a good college player."

Both Ashley and Tarczewski remain the priorities for head coach Sean Miller to land and would be great pieces to go with the two players already committed in Jerrett and York.

Jerrett and York faced some criticisms this summer dealing with their games and each of them answered the call and raised their level of play. At the beginning of the summer, Daniels and Scout.com placed Jerrett right outside the five-star range at 29.

But after more consideration, the 6-foot-9, 220-pound big man was moved back up to 24 and is ranked as a five-star once again.

"I think Grant deserved to move back up to a five-star," said Daniels. "He is very skilled and while I was watching him in July I was really impressed with his ability to score. Jerrett can post up and use some good post moves, but can also hit you with a few counter moves as well."

Jerrett has one of the best skill sets of any big men in the country and he is now poised to help his La Verne Lutheran team to defend its Div. III state championship in California.

The biggest jump of any Arizona recruit was Gabe York, who was ranked at number 64, but improved his stock all the way to number 43. York has proven that he is arguably the best scorer in the class behind Shabazz Muhammad. York went out to prove how good of a player he was this summer and his efforts were noticeable. He was the top scorer at Adidas Nations among some of the most highly ranked players in the nation.

"First, you know how well he can score and he can do it in a variety of ways," explained Daniels "York can hit the outside shot or he can drive to the lane and shoot the pull up floater. He kept improving in several different events all summer and just flat out gets buckets."

It is no secret that Arizona is shooting for a class of Jerrett, York, Ashley and Tarczewski. If Miller can put together a class of that magnitude in his third season at Arizona, you can bet that the program's name will continue to rise across the nation.

Arizona's class is already near the top with the additions of York and Jerrett, but Daniels says adding two more top ten players would make an argument for the Wildcats being on top.

"If they can land a class like that, Arizona will be up there near the very top," said Daniels. "As of now, they already have one of the top classes and the way Sean Miller is recruiting they have a good chance of landing some top talent."

Other players of note in the class of 2012 are Robert Upshaw, who moved down to number 41 after previously being the 31st ranked prospect in the class. Also, Landen Lucas is not ranked in the top 100, but did have a good summer as well.


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