Arizona still near the top for Bird

Jabari Bird is one of Arizona's top targets for 2013. Read on to see where he is in his recruitment, the schools he is looking at, and more.

Recruiting has cooled down a bit for Arizona after making such a big splash in the class of 2012. The Wildcats' coaching staff continues to put in the ground work with a lot of players and is doing a good job of getting student athletes to visit campus.

One of the top players on Arizona's target board is 2013 wing Jabari Bird. Bird is leading his Richmond (Calif.) Salesian high school team in an attempt to have another successful season.

The five-star guard, ranked 19th in the country according to, has maintained that Arizona, California and Washington are atop his list and Bird says that nothing has changed as far as Arizona's standing.

"Arizona is still near the top," said Bird. "Washington and California are right there and I wouldn't say that there is a leader still, but I like Arizona a lot."

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing unofficially visited Arizona for the Ball State game on November 13 and he says the visit went very well.

"It was good, I liked it a lot," said Bird. "I got to see the whole campus and the students were there, so that was cool. I also got to hang out with the current team, especially Nick Johnson, which was cool too."

Johnson has been known to be the main recruiter on the team and since Bird plays for the famed Oakland Soldiers travel team, it was easy to pair the two up on the visit.

Bird plans on continuing to follow all the teams in his recruitment and says that he likes what he has seen out of the Wildcats thus far.

"I've seen them play every game pretty much," explained Bird. "I like the way they play and it fits my style. They are very young this year and they are going to have to find their way, but they will. They have a lot of talent on that team."

Besides watching the team play and practice as well as the campus while school was in session, Bird also got to talk to head coach Sean Miller one-on-one and says that the coach really likes what he has to offer.

"Coach Miller told me that he really likes my game," Bird said. "He told me that if I work hard I can come in and play immediately. That's a good thing, plus I know that he can get me to the top level and play in the NBA."

Other schools continue to get in Bird's recruitment, but at this point Bird is staying firm with his top three.

"It is still just those three," said Bird. "As far as a decision I think I am going to make one in the Spring."

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