Pitts important get for Arizona

Elliott Pitts is Arizona's first commit for 2013. Read on to see why Scout.com analyst Josh Gershon thinks it is an important pick up, what Pitts excels at, and more.

Following an unofficial visit one week ago, Concord (Calif.) De La Salle shooting guard Elliott Pitts informed the Arizona Wildcats on Sunday that he was ready to give his pledge.

Many still believed that Pitts would take some official visits this fall, but he just felt comfortable and pulled the trigger.

Pitts had a very productive summer on the AAU circuit as he was able to show off of his silky jumper and savvy moves.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound prospect has a game that many coaches would love to have and is a player that could help propel Arizona into a place it hasn't been since 2001.

"I think Elliott Pitts is an increasingly rare prospect that you see these days," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Josh Gershon. "He is skilled, has good size and really plays the game the right way. He is only concerned with winning, defending, and being a good team player."

It is extremely important to have a good mix of players on your roster in order to win a championship. Arizona will have the horses, but shooters, rebounders and defensive specialists are all necessary as well. Pitts' feel for the game and shooting ability will fit right in at Arizona.

"You see less and less kids that have that really high IQ," explained Gershon. "These are the type of kids that made Lute Olson successful at Arizona. [Pitts] is going to go out and play to his strengths. He is going to play tough defense, work hard, shoot the ball and make them."

With the commitment of Pitts, the Wildcats and Sean Miller can continue to focus on building the recruiting class of 2013. The names high on Arizona's board continue to be Keith Frazier, Rondae Jefferson, and Aaron Gordon.

The commitment of Pitts definitely won't scare off a premier shooting guard like Frazier, but would actually complement him well. Depth at the wings will be important as both Kevin Parrom and Solomon Hill graduate and much like the two seniors, Pitts looks to be at Arizona for the long haul.

"If they can land Keith Frazier and Rondae Jefferson, as I imagine they want to, Pitts is a perfect fit," explained Gershon. "He is a four-year guy and I mean that in the right way.

"He doesn't have aspirations of jumping to the league early, but he wants to play for Sean Miller and just win. Frazier and Jefferson probably won't stay all four years in school, so you have a player that will."

While Pitts has a four-star rating currently, he was left out of Scout.com's latest 2013 top-100. While it may seem a bit controversial, Gershon says that Pitts has all the tools to be considered one of the top 100 players in the class of 2013.

"We all agreed that he is a top-100 caliber prospect," Gershon said. "The class of 2013 is a really deep class and the back end of the top 100 has a lot of quality. You can almost flip a coin at who should be in or out. Pitts has the talent to be a top 100 player.

"We'll see him again for his senior year and if we feel that he absolutely needs to be in then we will make that change. The four stars say that he is a really good player."

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