Rooks excited about offer

Arizona offered Kameron Rooks on Wednesday. Read on as his assistant at Mission Hills and Gamepoint AAU head coach Anthony Bolton talks about the offer, decision-making process, and much more.

San Marcos (Calif.) Mission Hills center Kameron Rooks is a player that numerous Arizona fans are familiar with due to his father being former Wildcat Sean Rooks.

However, the 7-foot-0, 270-pound Rooks is trying to make his own legacy and took a big step towards that when he received an offer from Arizona on Wednesday.

Arizona head coach Sean Miller watched Rooks workout on Wednesday and shortly after made the decision to offer Rooks. Anthony Bolton, Rooks' assistant at Mission Hills and Gamepoint AAU head coach, says that Rooks' reaction was one of excitement.

"Obviously he was very excited and pleased," Bolton said. He has all of these emotions with Arizona being a prominent place and he realizes that like all of the offers he has gotten, this is a great offer and opportunity. I think he is more excited about seeing that his hard work is paying off."

Bolton says that Rooks went into the workout with no expectation, as he wants to remain level-headed throughout the process.

"You can never expect an offer until it is put on the table," Bolton said. "Kameron is a humble kid being raised by two good parents. He just keeps his head down and works hard and accepts the opportunities that come.

"His mindset was to play hard and show Sean Miller and Joe Pasternack what he can do and obviously they liked what they saw."

Rooks now has offers from Arizona State, Washington, and Arizona among others. Bolton attributes his increase in offers to the schools involved realizing what he can become.

"I think people are finally seeing what people around him know," Bolton said. "He is a special kid and a person with special ability at such a young age. His ceiling is sky high and when somebody with his stature and talent with ability at that age and feeling is a no brainer in my opinion.

"I feel that he has been a no-brainer since seventh grade and not because he is our kid or because I have coached him, but because of his ability. There are not many players that are blessed with his size and skill set at such an early age. That hard work is starting to come to fruition and I think it is just the tip of the iceberg because he has a long ways to go."

Although the Arizona offer is a big one for Rooks, Bolton does not believe that it alters the way Rooks is going about the process.

"I don't think it changes anything," he said. "Kameron will go through the process and take it a day at a time. I think the best way to approach it is to take it a day at a time and it can change and he can weigh his options and see how he feels. His parents will give him good advice and he will rely on them and will take it day by day."

At this point, Rooks does not have a timeline for a decision as it is likely going to come down to when he feels he is done with the process.

"You can't give a person a timeline, in my opinion, on a feeling and can't put a timeline on what is right," Bolton said. He needs to gather information and see his options and get a feel for it.

"He needs to make sure he finds the right place for him and comes to that conclusion and sees whatever that may be, because every single one of the offers are all good offers with great coaching staffs."

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