Spring Evaluations: What we've learned

The spring evaluation period has taught us quite a bit about Arizona's recruiting. Read on to see what we have learned, including priorities, and more.

With the first two sessions of EYBL and numerous other tournaments concluded, we have learned plenty about Arizona's targets. Here are the top five things that we can take away from what has happened so far.

1. Houston Hoops is the team to watch

If two pieces of Arizona's 2013 recruiting class are Keith Frazier and Brian Bridgewater, Sean Miller and company would be very happy. This is not to say that these two guys are the absolute top priority regardless of class, but rather that these two are players that Sean Miller won't miss watching.

Frazier leads Hoops with a little over 13 points per game and has hit 44 percent of his shots from behind the arc. Bridgewater is second on Hoops in scoring and has done a little bit of everything as well. It makes sense that Miller has watched every Hoops game and it is no secret what type of priority these two are.

In addition, that is not even paying attention to 2014, where Justise Winslow has emerged as one of Arizona's top targets. Winslow put up eight points and five rebounds per game, while making 50 percent of his field goal attempts. Winslow's recruitment has become national and it certainly will not be easy for Arizona to land him, although it is doing well early on.

2. Jackson-Cartwright can play

We already knew that Jackson-Cartwright was one of the top point guards in the west for 2014, but it may be time to start talking about him being one of the best in the country as well. In the first two sessions of EYBL, which consisted of eight games total, Jackson-Cartwright totaled 23 assists to only three turnovers.

Height has often been a major concern for Jackson-Cartwright, but he is still successful against some of the best players in the country. In addition, he is also second on California Supreme with 5.5 rebounds per game.

It's no secret that Arizona is doing well with Jackson-Cartwright and that he is also one of the top targets for Arizona in his class. It made sense before and it may even make more sense now that we have seen him play against the top competition in the country.

3. Jaron Hopkins earned his offer

Arizona went into the spring evaluation period knowing that it had to be able to prioritize some of the wing options beyond Frazier. With Dakarai Allen and Paul Watson seemingly being the two most likely options, it was Jaron Hopkins that emerged with an offer.

Arizona made sure it watched Hopkins and Watson as much as possible and Hopkins seemed to outplay him every time, including numerous impressive performances in Las Vegas. In another performance in Arkansas, Hopkins dropped 29 in front of Arizona. He has athleticism and that makes for plenty of potential, as Arizona will continue to recruit him aggressively, although other options can pop up as well.

4. Marcus Lee is elite and will be recruited as such

One look at Lee's stat line for EYBL and you may not think he is elite. He is averaging 10 points, five rebounds, and two blocks per game while shooting 65 percent from the field. A closer look shows a player with an absolute ton of potential that other schools have recognized, thus leading to a national recruitment.

Lee is close to having his choice of schools and if he does not already, he will in a matter of time. Arizona was one of the first schools to offer him and it now looks like a genius move, as it is something that the Wildcats can use in his recruitment that a large number of schools can't.

5. There is still plenty to find out

It may seem like we have a clear picture of Arizona's priorities, but we really don't. There is still plenty of evaluating to be done for 2013 alone, but 2014 and 2015 have numerous players the coaching staff is going to watch.

As much as we think we know now, we will learn plenty during the summer. Arizona's target list may have some changes and new names will almost certainly pop up.

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