Evaluation Period Preview: Guards

Arizona is recruiting numerous guards. Read on to see a few of the main ones the coaching staff will be watching this weekend.

With the only evaluation period of the spring coming up this weekend, we're going to take a look at each position in the next few days. Here are the main guards that the Arizona coaches will be watching this period, but keep in mind that it is likely that some others pop up.

2015

Justin Simon: It is no secret that Simon is one of Arizona's top priorities in the class. Sean Miller recently visited him and Simon has already been on campus. The Wildcats are certainly not the only school involved, as Kansas and others continue to heavily recruit Simon. Arizona is going to have to show the love this weekend and other schools will definitely do the same.

Tyler Dorsey: Arizona is obviously going to check out its lone commit for 2015. He will be playing on Dream Vision alongside Arizona target Ray Smith, so that certainly makes it easier for Sean Miller to see both. Dorsey continues to work on making the transition to point guard or at least becoming better at playing it. It will be interesting to see how far he has come in this evaluation period. He is already committed to Arizona, so he does not really have to do anything to raise his stock in the eyes of the coaching staff, but he is still a player to watch none the less.

Dejounte Murray: Murray is not considered a major target in the sense that he does not yet have an offer, but Arizona is definitely aware of him and Damon Stoudamire has kept in constant contact. There is a chance that Miller could watch Murray this weekend and even if he does not, a strong performance could be big for him in terms of getting that Arizona offer. Should the Wildcats offer, they probably become the leader in this recruitment, so not many guards are playing for as much as Murray as it pertains to Arizona.

2016:

Derryck Thornton Jr.: Thornton Jr. is no longer running with the Oakland Soldiers, but that does not change his recruitment. He remains one of Arizona's top targets in his class and the pressure will be on him to have a strong weekend, as he is easily going to be the best player on his team. Usually when a player leaves a bigger AAU team for a smaller one, there are some natural questions that come up. Thornton Jr. can give an emphatic answer to those questions with a strong weekend, especially considering that the same head coaches that have been watching him for a while are going to continue to do so this weekend.

Devearl Ramsey: Arizona has seen Ramsey play a few times and he has yet to be offered. We would be somewhat surprised if he gets one this weekend, but he is going to have the opportunity to get a lot of attention by playing with the California Supreme 17 team. Ramsey is an extremely quick point guard and he wants to prove that he can run an offense in both the full and half court. There's no better stage than the one he will see in the upcoming few days.

DeAaron Fox: Fox has not mentioned Arizona much, but we have to think that at least one coach will check him out at EYBL this weekend. He will be the best player on Houston Hoops, a program that Arizona is familiar with. At this point, it will probably be difficult to get Fox out of the Big 12, but it will be interesting to see how Arizona reacts should a coach choose to watch him play.


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