2015 class needs and wants

Arizona has two members of the 2015 class and is in search of more. Read on to see what it needs and the top targets remaining on the board.

What it has: Arizona already has two commitments for the class and they are in the backcourt. For starters, Tyler Dorsey is one of the best scorers in the class. Arizona got him with the intention of playing him as a combo guard that is going to put up points in a hurry and there is little reason to believe that Sean Miller will not be able to effectively keep him as that once he gets to Tucson.

Justin Simon is coming in a player that can realistically play three positions. The majority of his playing time will probably come at the one and two, which will pose major matchup problems for the opposition because of his size. Simon needs to improve on his shooting, but his body control and vision is among the best in the class. Defensively, Simon has the tools to become an elite defender and our guess is that Sean Miller will have success working with those tools and turning him into one.

What it needs: Well, Arizona needs everything. It already has its backcourt, so that leaves three positions. You have to assume it is going to lose its entire starting five, which basically means that the 2015 class that Arizona lands will be entering an open competition. The coaching staff was able to land Boston College transfer Ryan Anderson, so we're going to go ahead and put him in at the four.

Arizona will still look to land a power forward due in large part to the fact that Anderson will only be at Arizona for a year. In addition, the Wildcats will need a small forward and a center, even if Dusan Ristic is able to come in and start in his second season.

Top targets:

Ivan Rabb: It's no secret that Arizona really wants Rabb and is recruiting him aggressively. He recently visited North Carolina and Georgetown and both schools are considered to be contender. Rabb is a long way from deciding and there are going to be plenty of schools in the picture. but we still expect Arizona to remain among his top choices.

Stephen Zimmerman: Zimmerman recently narrowed his list and Arizona made the cut. The general belief is that UNLV and Kentucky could be difficult to beat here, but he is not close to making a decision and does have good things to say about Arizona. The Wildcats are hoping to get Zimmerman on campus for an official visit and if that happens, you never know what a kid is might wind up doing.

Carlton Bragg: Bragg does not get talked about much among Arizona fans, but has been consistent in saying that the Wildcats are among the schools recruiting him the hardest. Now, we would be surprised if he wound up at Arizona, but that does not change the fact that the UA is recruiting him. This could be another recruitment where getting the player on campus would be a big deal.

Chase Jeter: It won't be long before Jeter decides and although he has developed a strong relationship with the Arizona coaching staff, the common thought is that Duke remains the school to beat. He took his only official visit to Duke, speaks highly of the Duke staff, and even admits that the Blue Devils have the lead. Basically, we would be extremely surprised if he does not wind up at Duke.

Ray Smith: Arizona likely leads for Smith and it may come down to a battle between the Wildcats and UCLA Bruins. The UA has been doing very well in this recruitment and although a decision timeline has been kind of all over the place, Arizona's spot in this recruitment has been consistent. Arizona would love to get Smith on campus one more time and try to seal the deal, as other schools would like to try to stop it from happening. This one definitely is not over by any means, but Arizona should be comfortable with where it is at for the time being.

Chance Comanche: Comanche keeps his recruitment pretty quiet, but we know that Arizona is doing well here. We would not necessarily say the Wildcats lead only because he plays everything close to the vest, but we do know that Arizona is in good shape. There does not seem to be a rush to make a decision but, like numerous players on this list, Arizona will remain a factor until it is time to decide.

Daniel Giddens: Arizona watched Giddens briefly during EYBL and he continues to be a guy to keep an eye on. Arizona is among his top schools, but Ohio State is probably the school to beat. The Buckeyes are likely going to be tough to get out of there and Arizona may not have Giddens as high as some other prospects. We would be a bit surprised if Giddens wins up at Arizona, but we suppose crazier things have happened.

Caleb Swanigan: The Wildcats offered Swanigan almost as soon as he reclassified to 2015 and it makes sense, as he is one of the best centers in the class. Swanigan is actually originally from Utah, so teams in the Pac-12 may have a better chance than some would have you believe. It remains to be seen where Arizona stands because it is so early in the recruitment, but Swanigan was very impressed with the offer out of Tucson.


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