Evaluation Period Preview: Forwards

This weekend marks the only evaluation period of the spring. Read on to see numerous forwards that Arizona will watch and more.

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 forwards that the Arizona coaches will be watching this period, but keep in mind that it is likely that some others pop up.


Ivan Rabb: This is one of those players that we really don't need to talk about because you already know all about him. Rabb may be the best player in his class and he is only getting better. He is Arizona's top priority and there's a good chance that a lot of schools feel the same way. Rabb really is not playing for much this weekend in terms of offers, because he is going to be able to choose any school he likes. The main motivation for him now is to win and solidify his ranking.

Ray Smith: There aren't many players in the class that we feel have as bright of a future as Smith does. He can really do it all and you can make an argument that he can play the 2, 3, and 4 effectively. The small forward class out west is weak, so it makes sense that Arizona has prioritized Smith. Arizona is certainly going to see him in Dallas and it will be interesting to see how he and teammate Tyler Dorsey get along and play together. We wouldn't be surprised if this is the start of Smith getting more national attention, because it is something that should be happening already.

Bennie Boatwright: Arizona recently visited Boatwright and will once again be able to see him this weekend as he participates with California Supreme at the EYBL. Boatwright is keeping his recruitment wide open, but his father has said that he is going to narrow his list down to five once the EYBL season is over. We will obviously have a good feel for where Arizona stands after that happens, but he could choose to allow his recruitment to start taking shape this weekend. UConn has offered Boatwright, but his recruitment could become more national with an impressive performance in the upcoming days.


T.J. Leaf: Leaf is one of the best forwards in the class and Arizona is likely going to treat him as such. There is a good chance that Arizona will see him in some capacity this weekend, but his recruitment is likely not going anywhere for a while. Arizona obviously will not be the only school watching him and at this point Leaf is not naming any favorites. That could change over the summer, but for now Leaf is going to continue to establish his game.

Oscar Frayer: We have been consistent in saying that we believe Frayer will become a priority for Arizona and our guess is that it starts this weekend. Frayer will be playing with the Oakland Soldiers, so Sean Miller is going to see plenty of him and we're going to assume he is going to be impressed. Frayer is already strong on both sides of the ball and holds a lot of potential. Mix that in what an AAU program that Arizona likes to recruit, and it makes sense that he is going to be a player to watch closely.

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