WildcatAuthority.com was in attendance for numerous games on Saturday. Read on to see the players the coaches watched and what they had to say about their recruitments.
LAS VEGAS - Another day of tournaments in Las Vegas in the books and with it comes another chapter of evaluations. The Arizona staff was out in full force on Saturday, taking a look at numerous prospects throughout the day.
Elliott Pitts: Pitts' team fell in the early morning game in a defensive battle. Pitts is listed as a small forward, but he orchestrated the offense at times and showed he can hit shots from long range. With Arizona head coach Sean Miller looking on, Pitts did all he could to assist his team, but it simply was not enough.
UA just got involved in Pitt's recruitment in recent months and is scheduled to make a visit to campus on August 5th. While the Wildcats inserted themselves into the picture a little later than most other schools, Pitts is simply excited that a school of UA's caliber extended him an opportunity.
"Obviously I wish they would have come in earlier," Pitts said. "But at least they are recruiting me. I am thankful for that. Any way they can come in is fine with me."
Aside from UA, Pitts is receiving attention from Arizona State, Boston College, California, Colorado, Virginia and several others.
Emmanuel Mudiay: Mudiay has been on UA's radar for quite some time. His game has shown growth as he has improved his court vision and is more assertive with the ball in his hand. His Texas Select squad fell short on Saturday, but Mudiay played a well-rounded game.
The Wildcats' staff likes Mudiay's upside and continues to remain in contact with him on a relatively consistent basis. His relationship with UA assistant Book Richardson continues to grow and he maintains a solid relationship with Miller.
"Coach Book is a funny guy," Mudiay said. "Me and him get along real good. Coach Miller is up front with me and tells me what's going to happen if I go there."
He is receiving interest from virtually every major program, including Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M.
Chance Comanche: Comanche is the teammate of fellow big man Brodricks Jones and the two combine a formidable duo of post players. Unfortunately their team struggled Saturday and was blown out. Comanche possesses a fair amount of athleticism for a player his age and that should serve him well as his game matures. He still has plenty to work on in the meantime, and he recognizes a few areas where he needs to improve.
"I think I am doing pretty good," Comanche said. "I need to work on boxing out and posting up."
Comanche hasn't heard from Arizona yet and right now lists USC, UCLA, UConn, Duke and Kentucky as the programs he's keeping an eye on.
Derryck Thornton: Thornton was watched by a UA staff member again as Joe Pasternack watched his performance. Thornton's CBC squad fell short for the first time in the Fab 48, but their showing was impressive throughout for a squad made up of mostly 9th and 10th graders.
Thornton has played so well that he has already caught the attention of the UA staff. He hasn't even started high school yet, but the 2016 point guard is ready to come to Tucson on an unofficial visit to the Arizona campus next week.