Pickens enjoys visit

2014 guard Dorian Pickens visited Arizona this past weekend. Read on ot see where the Wildcats stand, what he thought of the visit, and more.

The Arizona men's basketball team is still showing that it wants to keep an eye on possible prospects within the state.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Arizona hosted Dorian Pickens on an unofficial visit and the Phoenix native had plenty of good things to say about the Wildcats.

"It was great," said Pickens of the visit. "They showed me around the campus and facilities and showed me how I would fit into their system."

Pickens is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard from Pinnacle High School and is starting to create a buzz for himself. He has already visited Arizona State unofficially and holds offers from the Sun Devils, Weber State, Northern Arizona, Boston College and Rice.

The visit to Tucson was a step in the right direction for the three-star prospect, who said he could not think of one specific thing he liked most about his visit.

"I can't pick out one thing in particular," Pickens explained. "I loved the atmosphere because you can tell that everything is centered around the campus and the athletics there. They have a great coaching staff too."

Assistant coach James Whitford has been recruiting Pickens and has kept in contact with him. On the visit, however, Pickens did say he was able to talk to head coach Sean Miller as well.

Style of play will come into play during Pickens' recruitment regardless of where he chooses to go, but hearing it from the coach's perspective is important.

"They tell me they are looking for good players to fit in that system," said Pickens. "They are a transition system with hard-nosed defense and that's what I do."

As for what Pickens is looking for in a school, academics was the first and most important aspect that he mentioned.

"I'm looking for an academic school," explained Pickens. "That is a big deal for me and my parents. Other than that, I just want a school with a great atmosphere and a great program."

Arizona will continue to keep an eye on Pickens and determine if an offer will be given, but the type of game that he has will suit him well at the next level.

"I'm very versatile," said Pickens. "I can shoot the lights out and I'm a competitor. I love to play defense too."

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