July Evaluation Period: What to look for

Arizona is headed into the July evaluation period with plenty of questions. Read on to see what those questions are and how they may be answered.

With July here and plenty of basketball tournaments that will occur this month, it is time to take a look at the questions that we have going into the evaluation period.

1. Who will break out?

Every year there is a player that earns an offer in July or at least raises his stock dramatically. There are a handful of players that could get an offer this summer or become a much more serious target.

A player like Jordan McLaughlin is one to keep an eye on. It would be a surprise if the coaching staff did not see him at any point this summer and considering what we have heard about him, it also would not be a surprise to see him get an offer.

For 2013, a player like Dakarai Allen is one to watch as well. The coaching staff is familiar with Allen, but he needs to show an offensive game this summer. If he does, you will see his offer list increase dramatically and the UA coaching staff would have some major thinking to do.

Of course, these are not the only two players to keep an eye on, as there will be others that will help their cases this summer.

2. School lists:

Every summer there are players that narrow their lists over the summer or see the coaches watching them and decide what schools are sticking out. A player like Rondae Jefferson, who recently cut his list to seven, is one to keep an eye on to see if he cuts it down even more. In addition, 2014 center Payton Dastrup has said that Arizona and Virginia stick out, but will anything change once more offers come around?

The summer is often an important time for movement with not only recruiting rankings, but school lists as well.

3. Arizona priorities:

Like we say every evaluation period, we will know a lot more about where players stand with Arizona once we see how much the coaching staff watches them.

We already know that Sean Miller will be watching as many California Supreme, Houston Hoops, and Oakland Soldiers games as possible, but what about beyond that? How much will the coaching staff go watch Elliott Pitts? What about Jaron Hopkins? How much focus will be put on 2015 kids?

Thankfully these are all questions that are going to be answered over the summer and once they are, we will have a much better idea of what the coaching staff is looking for and the players it wants most as well.

4. Are they wings or small forwards?

We already know the answer to this in the sense that Arizona recruits wings rather than true positions. However, we will also have a better picture of what Arizona wants to do when it goes out and watches and offers certain players.

Rondae Jefferson is a perfect example of a small forward that could help Arizona immediately whereas a player like Pitts is a bit more of a shooting guard. As far as the coaching staff is concerned, this is not a bad thing.

However, many feel that Arizona at least needs a bigger shooting guard with the capability of playing some small forward. It will be interesting to see if the coaching staff feels the same way once the summer ends.


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