Wildcats still interested in 2013 guard

Guard Zach Lavine has seen increased attention from Arizona. Read on to see the other schools involved, his thoughts on Arizona, and more.

2013 prospect Zach Lavine has encountered his share of highs and lows over the past year. The 5-foot-11 point guard from Bothell High School (Wash.) emerged as a big recruit at a UCLA skills camp in June and went into the rest of the summer as a must-see prospect for college coaches and analysts. His summer was subsequently cut short by a hip injury sustained in July.

"I hurt my hip pretty bad last summer," Lavine said. "It was very frustrating because I was playing well and really improving, and then I missed July and August when the big tournaments are played."

Fortunately for college coaches, Lavine has recovered.

"I would say I'm about 90 percent right now," Lavine said. "I'm not all the way back, but I'm pretty close. I was really limited at first and I had to work hard with a trainer to get to this point.

"We did a lot of stretching and strengthening exercises but all the work has definitely paid off. I still need to continue getting better at taking the ball to the basket, but most my athleticism is back."

Lavine doesn't plan on focusing on recruiting any time soon.

"I'm probably not going to look real hard at recruiting until after the AAU season," Lavine said. "I'm running with Friends of Hoop and I need to be focused because we're going to play a bunch of really good teams."

While Lavine is not ready to focus on recruiting, he is interested in certain schools.

"Without thinking hard about it, I like Washington, UCLA, Arizona and Louisville," he said. "Distance won't be a huge deal in my choice. I will go wherever I think the best fit is."

Lavine admits that he may find that the best fit is at Arizona.

"I like Coach Miller and I really like their style of play," Lavine said. "I've heard it's a beautiful campus and it seems like a good place to play.

"The coaches were at my practice recently and they seem like they're interested. It's definitely a school that I will look at."


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