Pickens, a junior at Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle High School, played well enough over the summer to improve his stock. The improvements that he made attracted the attention of some college coaches, specifically Sean Miller.
After arriving home from Las Vegas, the Arizona coaching staff decided to offer Pickens and he was instantly excited.
"Coach Miller and I were talking on the phone about basketball and he offered me," Pickens said. "I was thankful and really grateful to be offered by a school with such a great tradition."
Pickens has done his research on the University of Arizona and claims that it comes from living in Phoenix.
"It's definitely a great honor and I appreciate it a lot," he said. "Living in Phoenix, you get to know about Arizona. To have one of the top basketball programs in the country offer me is pretty amazing. I'm definitely happy about it."
The guard also said that the Arizona coaching staff has had plenty of contact and made him feel wanted this summer.
"I talk to them quite a bit," Pickens said. "Sean Miller talks to me a lot and I enjoy speaking with Coach Whitford. When they offered, it wasn't the first time we've communicated. I have a really good relationship with them at Arizona."
Pickens was excited to know that the Wildcat coaches would be watching him over the last recruiting period, but tried to keep his focus on playing basketball.
"I knew that the coaching staff had been watching me throughout July and the last recruiting period," Pickens said. "I was also informed that Coach Miller would be watching me last weekend in Las Vegas, but I tried not to worry about it too much. I was excited, but I just wanted to play my game and let that take care of itself. "
Even with an offer from Arizona, the shooting guard is going to take his time with the process and currently claims no favorites in his recruitment.
"I don't really have a list or any preferences right now. I'm getting some more interest, so I want to wait a bit before I decide which schools I'm really considering."
Pickens is going to play his high school season and enjoy the recruiting process during his junior year before starting to decide on a school.
"I'm going to wait off until my senior year for the decision," Pickens said. "I'll probably start making my list sometime early next year. I should have a good idea next summer."