Evaluation Period Preview: Centers

This weekend is the only evaluation period of the spring. Read on to see which centers the coaching staff will be focusing on.

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.


Stephen Zimmerman: Zimmerman is one of the top bigs in the country and probably can't raise his stock any more. However, he will be working alongside Ivan Rabb and it will be interesting to see how he plays and reacts to being with the Soldiers. One of the main reasons Zimmerman says he left Dream Vision and joined the Soldiers is because of the level of competition. He will have his fair share of challenges this weekend and it will be interesting to see how he handles it.

Chase Jeter: Jeter is likely going to decide soon and although the belief is that Duke is the school to beat, the Wildcats still made his final six. Jeter will be on the same team as Tyler Dorsey and Ray Smith, so you can be sure Sean Miller and other Arizona assistants are going to see him plenty. Just because Duke is the rumored leader does not mean that Arizona is going to slow down recruiting him and the key now is whether or not he stays on track with his decision timeline. Our guess is that he does, but you never know what is going to happen with these first evaluation periods.

Chance Comanche: Arizona may be doing better with Comanche than it is with the other targets and it is safe to say he is one of Arizona's main priorities. Comanche has emerged as one of the best players in the class and the intrigue here is whether or not his recruitment goes national. He has played his recruitment pretty quietly, but we know that Arizona is doing well with him. Nothing Comanche does this weekend will likely effect this approach, but it could with other schools.

Daniel Giddens: Giddens does not get talked about much, but Arizona continues to pursue him and he has consistently said the Wildcats are among his favorites. It is going to be hard to land him, but you have to like how well Arizona has done in this recruitment. Giddens is playing in the EYBL this weekend, so there is a good chance that Sean Miller or an assistant will watch him. Don't be surprised when you hear a lot more about Giddens in the next few days and beyond.


De'Ron Davis: Arizona has offered Davis and he may be the best post player in the class in the west. He is not overly athletic, but he is as strong as can be and is better fundamentally than some would assume. He is a no-brainer type of offer in our minds because of his skill level and it makes sense that Arizona is going to prioritize him. We have covered Davis for a while, but his recruitment has not taken off like it probably should. That could change this weekend.

M.J. Cage: Cage is another player that Arizona fans already know plenty about, especially considering he is on Mater Dei. Arizona offered Cage a while ago and will continue its pursuit this weekend when he runs with California Supreme at EYBL. We're going to guess that Arizona makes its presence known at as many games as it can this weekend and the rest of the Pac-12 will likely try to do the same. The biggest intrigue here is what Cage will do in a completely different setting and one in which he does not have Stanley Johnson drawing off the defense.

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