The 2016 rankings have been extended to 75 players and here is a look at the prospects Arizona is currently involved with.
Thon Maker, #4: Arizona has been recruiting Maker longer than some people realize, but its chances of landing him probably still are not great. According to his guardian, Maker will try to visit Arizona at some point this summer and obviously that can change things. You have to assume that every school in the country is going to want to land Maker, so it will be interesting to see how everything plays out.
Derryck Thornton Jr., #8: We’ve covered this recruitment at length by now. Kentucky recently offered Thornton Jr. and he is likely going to see more major offers come his way. Arizona has not yet decided if it will take a point guard in 2016, but if it does then you can tell who the top priority is going to be.
T.J. Leaf, #10: Arizona is one of the schools recruiting Leaf the hardest and the Wildcats are doing well with him. UCLA, Indiana, Michigan are also involved with him and the earliest he says he could decide is January. This recruitment could come down to visits, as Leaf wants to take a handful of official visits before making a decision.
De’Ron Davis, #24: Davis does not talk a lot about his recruitment, but Arizona is recruiting him like many others. It is probably a little further ahead with Cage, but that does not change how it is approaching the recruitment. There are other schools working to get involved with Davis and he is likely to take some unofficial visits during the summer before moving on to the next step.
Mario Kegler, #32: Kegler’s recruitment is somewhat of a mystery only because he does not do a lot of interviews. His AAU coach says that numerous schools have offered Kegler and the reviews of his play this summer have been favorable. It seems to be early in the recruitment and we don’t know where it will head, but Kegler is a guy to keep an eye on.
Justin Jackson, #33: Arizona has offered Jackson and has the connection with Findlay Prep that will help it should it choose to remain involved. Jackson is a dynamic player that keeps improving and he speaks highly of Arizona, especially considering he is friends with Craig Victor. It is easy to assume that Arizona is going to be one of the schools to beat, but Jackson is not anywhere close to making a decision.
M.J. Cage, #34: You can probably make an argument that Arizona is leading for Cage. It has done a good job recruiting him and the Wildcats have had success at Mater Dei in the past. Cage wants to visit Arizona this summer and it is the only school that he says he is thinking about visiting relatively soon. Arizona is absolutely one of the schools to beat here and although Cage is going to take his time, Arizona’s position will be consistent.
Devearl Ramsey, #37: This goes back to the argument as to whether or not Arizona is going to take a point guard in this class. We’re a big fan of Ramsey and he is one of the top two or three point guards in the west, but USC is probably the school to beat here and we would be surprised if Arizona winds up offering.
Oscar Frayer, #45: Frayer is another player to keep an eye on. He’s a solid prospect, but we still have some questions about him, which is likely the same reason he does not have more offers. Frayer is getting limited playing time on the Oakland Soldiers and it is hard to get a good feel for him with the limited exposure. It would not be a surprise to see him get more offers and this could be a big month for him in that respect.
Brandon Cyrus, #55: We have yet to see Cyrus, but from people that have, he has been impressive. Arizona has seen him and he played well, but it likely has to see him more before offering. There aren’t many better shooting guards in the west for his class and we have to assume Arizona will have a shot at landing him if it gets more involved.
Vance Jackson, #74: Arizona has been recruiting Jackson for a while now and is likely one of the top schools for him. He is one of the best shooters in the class, but there are some questions as to who he will guard at the next level. The potential is there and it is easy to understand why Arizona offered him, but the end of this recruitment is a ways off.