Victor's impact felt immediately

Craig Victor committed to the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday afternoon. He will have tremendous impact on the future of the program. Read on to find out how he will impact recruiting, what he will bring to the team, and more.

A long recruiting battle between Arizona and LSU was ended on Saturday when Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward Craig Victor committed to play for the Wildcats.

While Victor won't slip on an Arizona uniform for over a year, the impact of his commitment should be felt almost immediately on the recruiting front.

Many recruits will look at the makeup of the teams that are recruiting them and decide which school has the best chance at winning during the next four years.

Victor gives the Wildcats an advantage in that category as he joins star point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright in the 2014 recruiting class.

With the addition of Victor, the Arizona coaching staff will have a stronger case when making pitches to several remaining targets, such as Stanley Johnson, Justise Winslow, and Kameron Chatman.

If Victor's presence can help land a few more talented players, the Wildcats will continue to be a national title contender for at least another season.

When he finally gets to campus, Victor will add more than just a big body to the lineup. At 6-foot-8 and 225-pounds, the power forward is a rebounding machine that can crash the boards with the best of them.

While he is not a center, Victor's size will be an asset throughout his time in Tucson. Victor has also worked on his face-up game throughout the summer and is quickly becoming a strong offensive threat from multiple points on the floor.

In addition to his size, the big man also has tremendous court vision. As Victor's stock began to rise in the AAU circuit, teams started to throw double teams and zone defenses at him.

To counter, Victor started to visualize the court more and he displayed a passing ability that not many knew he had.

There is a good chance that Victor will fill the hole that Ashley could potentially leave if he decides to enter the NBA draft early. While it is never a forgone conclusion, the chances are high that Victor will be called on immediately to bring his toughness to the team if Ashley and others bolt for the next level.

In the unlikely event that Ashley or Aaron Gordon are still on the roster when Victor gets to town, he will still be in the running for serious playing time.

Whether Victor is called on to fill holes as soon as he steps on campus or has to battle for playing time, he will have an impact for the Wildcats in the 2014-15 season. His skill and toughness on the court won't be wasted in Tucson.


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