Miller breaks down 2014 signees

Arizona signed four players to its 2014 class last week. Read on to see what Sean Miller has to say about why they signed those players, their future roles, and more

Arizona finalized the early part of its 2014 signing class and Sean Miller took an opportunity to break it down and discuss why he decided to sign each of the four incoming players.

Los Angeles Loyola point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is a player the Arizona coaching staff had recruited for quite a while and Miller believes he is a vital part of the future for Arizona.

"We identified Parker early on as a true pass-first point guard," Miller said. "He has a great command of the game, a high basketball I.Q., has played in a great program against the nation's best competition, and I believe Parker will come here and be our future point guard."

At 5-foot-9, there is some concern about Jackson-Cartwright's height, but Miller is not among those that worry.

"Drew Lavender is somebody I coached at Xavier and he took us to an Elite Eight," Miller said. "He's smaller than Parker. At that position it is more about their style and how they play the game than how tall they are.

"There are 6-4 point guards that are a disaster. There are 5'8 and 5'9 point guards that every coach would love to have. To me, he understands how to use his abilities. He has great quickness and great vision and as he gets bigger and stronger, how tall he is will be a lot less important for him."

The highest rated player of Arizona's class is Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei forward Stanley Johnson, who announced only days before signing.

"Stanley Johnson is one of the most unique players that I have ever seen," Miller said. "For us to have him is a great feeling. He combines this incredible physical ability, being 6-6, being an explosive wing, 230, 240 pounds as a young kid and yet being such a smart, skilled basketball player. Very seldom do those two qualities kind of become one with a player that age.

"I think he has a chance to be really special. Any time you are competing for your fourth championship in the state of California, that speaks volumes about the kind of program at Mater Dei High School, but also who he is as a winner."

Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep's Craig Victor is the lone true power forward that Arizona signed and a lot of the confidence surrounding him is due to the fact that he made the move to Findlay.

"Craig Victor this year will be playing at Findlay Prep," Miller said. "I think it's a great advantage for kids to leave home and be in that type of structured environment on a daily basis, that competitive environment. Their transition from high school to college isn't as big.

"With Craig, his intangibles, great competitor, a winner, a versatile 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8 forward who can step away from the basket, play close to the basket, a physical type of player who is only getting better right now."

Arizona did not just stay in the high school ranks, as it also signed 6-foot-2, 180-pound Hutchinson (Kan.) guard Kadeem Allen.

"Kadeem Allen is someone who we have been recruiting for a lot longer," Miller said. "He doesn't come as much with the fanfare because he is not out on the high school circuit, but Ka'Deem some people feel is one of the best junior college players in the country. I know he is the preseason player of the year in one publication and has a chance to win the junior college national championship.

"His length of arms, although 6-2 in height, is 6-foot-9. I think you look at that and say he has a chance to be an elite defender. He won't play one position at Arizona, but will play two, similar to Nick Johnson. Getting someone who is older, is more experienced as well, obviously very talented; I think he also comes at a great time."

There is a good chance that the Wildcats are not done with their 2014 class, although nothing is likely to happen until spring.

"I would like to think probably one more in the spring," Miller said. "It could be a transfer, could be somebody who shows up in the spring and some of that will have to do with who won't be here next year and obviously we don't know the answer to that comprehensively right now. I think if we add another player to this year's class it will be a forward or frontcourt player for sure."

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