Arizona Basketball Notebook

Arizona made an elite prospect's top ten, offered a five-star, and more. Read on for all the latest news that happened on Tuesday.

  • Ray Smith is one of the top players in 2015 and on Tuesday he narrowed his list to ten. The schools that made the cut are Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Wake Forest, Texas, USC, UCLA, Louisville, Georgetown, and California.

    At this point, Smith is on record as saying that he does not have any favorites, but sources say that Arizona is doing very well in the recruitment. The plan as of now is for Smith to take his five official visits, but he admits that he could end it sooner than that.

  • Arizona offered 6-foot-8, 245-pound Fort Wayne (Ind.) Homestead center Caleb Swanigan. The five-star prospect recently reclassified from 2016 to 2015 and will likely have his choice of schools now that he has done so.

    His Scout.com evaluation states, "At his best, Swanigan is a classical low block scoring beast with excellent hands and feet. He obviously can overpower, but he doesn't absolutely have to play that way. He already possesses a spin move and other blossoming scoring options. Once he adds a fully polished drop step and jump hook, he'll command consistent double teams from defenses at the next level. His hands also are sure for tough catches in traffic."

    The recruitment is in its early stages as far as Arizona is concerned, but there is some hope when you consider that Swanigan actually grew up in Utah and is not afraid to leave the Midwest.

  • With the NBA combine right around the corner, Aaron Gordon has chosen not to participate in drills. He will go through the entire medical process, which includes measurements, but joins a growing trend of likely top ten players that choose not to perform in the combine setting. Guard Nick Johnson will take the opposite route, as he will participate fully in the combine in hoops of raising his stock.

  • Numerous reports indicate Damon Stoudamire interviewed with Oregon State again on Tuesday, but no job offer has been made yet. Word is that there is a heavy push from former NBA head coach and current Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Terry Porter. There is a good chance Porter will get an interview, but he has not been reached for one yet.

    One name that came up on Tuesday is Indiana assistant Steve McClain, who Tom Crean is campaigning for. McClain is a former associate head coach at Colorado and spent nine years as the head coach of Wyoming. Oregon State can't name a new coach until Friday at the earliest and we would expect interviews to last through the week.


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