Arizona among Bridgewater's favorites

Brian Bridgewater is making a name for himself and Arizona has taken notice. Read on to see the schools Bridgewater is considering, how he views Arizona, and more.

After a summer in which he emerged as one of the most athletic and versatile forwards in the class of 2013, Baton Rouge Episcopal High School junior Brian Bridgewater has seen his recruitment pick up.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," Bridgewater said. "I have Arizona, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Ohio State and a lot more schools after me right now. I have offers from Baylor, Arizona, and Oklahoma State amongst other schools right now."

Even though he won't name leaders, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound junior has three schools that have made the most impact on him thus far in the recruiting process.

"Arizona, Alabama, and Oklahoma State are standing out so far," Bridgewater said. "I wouldn't say those are my tip three schools right now, but they're the ones standing out the most so far."

While Bridgewater has taken a special liking to Arizona for a variety of reasons, head coach Sean Miller and newly hired assistant coach Joe Pasternack have had no reservations in letting the nation's 17th-ranked power forward know how badly they want him as a Wildcat.

"The thing I like about Arizona is that they have the number one recruiting class this year," Bridgewater said. "Coach Miller is a good coach and it's a good school to go to.

"Right now coach Pasternack and coach Miller are recruiting me, but I talk to coach Pasternack a lot. They seem like they really want me to come in and play my freshman year as a starter at the three."

Many of the nation's top prospects are in the process of planning visits to their prospective schools, but Bridgewater has not yet started thinking about where he'll take trips to, although he would like to make it out to UA before too long.

"Right now I'm doing football, so it's hard for me to think about that right now," Bridgewater said. "Some schools have said they'll come see me during the season, and Arizona is one of them.

During those visits, the four-star prospect knows the things he'll be looking for in a potential future home.

"When I go out on visits I'll be looking at the academics of the school," Bridgewater said. "I'll be looking at the fans and how the coaches treat the players. I just want to see the program as a whole."

With no visits planned and no favorites having emerged yet, it's no surprise that Bridgewater is in no rush to make his college choice.

"I haven't really thought yet about making a decision," Bridgewater said. "I'm going to take my time with everything."

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