Five-star 2013 guard Keith Frazier was joined in Tucson by his mother Sherry Pulliam and his AAU coach Stacy Houston for their first unofficial visit to Arizona. Pulliam and Houston are hands on in Frazier's recruitment and were able to really see what Tucson has to offer.
"I really enjoyed myself and I know Keith did too," said Pulliam. "I was impressed with Coach Sean Miller and you can tell he has the respect of his players. But for him to bring in a kid [Derrick Williams] that was not very highly thought of and in two years make him the number two pick overall says a lot about the coach. He had players like that at Xavier as well.
"I really loved the weather," she continued. "The big support of the fans was really impressive as well. For that many people to show up to just a scrimmage is amazing. The fact that they come out in the numbers that they do and show support for the team is really cool to see."
Frazier is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound wing from Irving, Tex. and offers a deadly shooting ability from the outside and great athletic ability going to the basket. The entire Big 12 conference is recruiting Frazier along with Florida, Stanford, Providence, UCLA, North Carolina, TCU, Arizona State and Arizona.
Houston said that schools such as North Carolina and UCLA are definitely coming on strong and that Frazier is familiar with many of the Texas schools. The Texas schools will vie very hard for Frazier's services but if he decides that out of state is a good fit for him, then Arizona is very much an option.
"We would not have taken a visit to Arizona if Keith did not have interest in the school," said Houston. "We understand that it fits his style of play and that they get up and down the court. He still needs to sit down with his mom and talk things out and take more visits."
Being that it was shorter trip to campus for Frazier, Houston and Pulliam thought it would be a better idea if he were able to see the school while college basketball mania was in the air.
"What we wanted to do since Keith, his mother Sherry and myself had never been to Arizona is go out and see it in a basketball atmosphere," explained Houston. "It is not like we can just pick up and go to Arizona whenever we want like we can with Texas A&M, Baylor, and the other Texas schools. We wanted to see what the atmosphere was like and it was impressive.
"We weren't even there for 24 hours so the visit didn't change our minds with Arizona but it did show us that yes, Keith can play in that style and that's the style he likes."
Getting Frazier and his family on campus is a very good sign for Arizona but Frazier is still early in the recruiting process. Arizona did a service for itself this weekend by impressing Frazier and company while on campus and you can expect to hear Arizona's name throughout this recruitment.
Coach Miller is creating a name as an elite level coach and recruiter and while Arizona had official visits from Kaleb Tarczewski, commits Gabe York, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley, Houston really wanted to see how Miller coached when he was on the court.
"We were able to really watch how he interacted with his team on the court," said Houston. "Since he coached both teams during the scrimmage and I loved how he was intent with them, they had their attention solely on him and you could really tell that the players had a great respect for him."