2016 class needs and wants

Arizona is already recruiting for 2016. Read on as we take a look at what Arizona may have and its top targets for that it will look to land.

What it has: As of now, it does not have much for 2016. It is safe to go ahead and figure that Arizona will be able to get a few years out of Tyler Dorsey and Justin Simon, so we are going to assume they will still be on the roster because that is the safest thing to do when putting something like this together. We are also going to go ahead and assume Dusan Ristic is on the roster as well, although it would not shock us if he puts together two solid seasons and decides to try his hand at the next level. The rest of the roster should play out just fine with guys like Elliott Pitts as seniors.

What it needs: This is similar to 2015 in that Arizona will likely need a little bit of everything. However, we are going to go ahead with the assumption that it will decide not to take a point guard in this class because it has Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Simon, so there really is not a need. Arizona will likely look to fill out the rest of the roster but, as of now, point guard is just not a big priority.

Top targets:

Derryck Thornton: We know we said point guard is not a priority, but we have decided to put Thornton here because if the coaching staff does decide to take one, Thornton is going to likely be the top target. The Wildcats are going to hang around in this one and other schools may recruit Thornton more aggressively, but he is going to remain an option until he ends his recruitment.

De'Ron Davis: The Colorado big man might be the top post in the west for his class and Arizona is among the schools recruiting him the hardest. Indiana has been involved for a while, Colorado obviously wants him, and UCLA just recently got involved as well. Davis is keeping the process open and does not want to decide any time soon, but we have to think that Arizona is going to remain an option for him up until he is ready to decide.

T.J. Leaf: UCLA, Michigan, Indiana, and Arizona have been named by Leaf as the four schools recruiting him the hardest. The general belief was once that UCLA was the school to beat with Indiana right there, but the Wildcats have remained aggressive here and if it felt there was not a chance, it probably would not do so. Leaf wants to take a few official visits, but also admits that if he is ready to make a decision in January, it could be a possibility.

M.J. Cage: Arizona fans should know plenty about Cage by now, as the Wildcats were among the first to offer. The Mater Dei product is high on Arizona and recently told us that he wants to try to visit at some point this summer. You can make a case that Arizona is among Cage's favorites and it will probably stay that way for a while. He is one of Arizona's top priorities in the class and you can expect him to be treated that way.

Justin Jackson: There were rumors Jackson may reclassify to 2015, but those have died down a bit and it has not happened. Jackson is going to get a lot more offers in the next few months, but Arizona will likely be right there as long as it wants to be. There is not only the success that Arizona has had with Findlay in the past, but also the fact that the Wildcats were among the first schools to seriously recruit Jackson.

Mario Kegler: Arizona fans may not be very familiar with Kegler, but he claims an Arizona offer and has been extremely impressive this past month. If he continues his play, Kegler is definitely going to get more offers. Arizona has shown that it can recruit nationally, so it will be interesting to see just how involved it is with Kegler and how long the Wildcats stay there as well.

Vance Jackson: Another name Arizona fans are already familiar with, Jackson is one of the better players in the west in 2016. He has strong shooting ability and knows how to play the game. His recruitment is pretty open right now, but Arizona has done a good job with him and he consistently says that the UA is one of the few schools recruiting him the hardest.


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