Wildcats' class successful on two levels

Not only is Arizona's class talented, but it also fills needs. Read on to see how that is and more.

In what has seemingly become of a staple of Sean Miller’s career at Arizona, the Wildcats have once again signed one of the best recruiting classes in the country.

By now you likely know the players that Arizona is bringing in with Ray Smith, Allonzo Trier, Justin Simon, and Chance Comanche making up the players that signed in the early period.

The hope from the coaching staff is that it will be able to sign one more with the main targets being Ivan Rabb, Stephen Zimmerman, and Caleb Swanigan.

As of now, all three of those players are expected to sign in the spring. Arizona has already had Zimmerman on campus for an official, Rabb will visit in January, and Swanigan has taken an unofficial visit.

The Wildcats are right in the thick of things with those three players, but none of them seem close to making a decision.

As for the players Arizona signed, they key component to the class is likely that each player fills what should be a need next season.

If this season goes as expected, Arizona is likely to lose Rondae Jefferson, Stanley Johnson, Brandon Ashley, and Kaleb Tarczewski and will certainly lose T.J. McConnell to graduation.

Sure, things can change. However, if Arizona loses four players early to the NBA Draft, it likely means the Wildcats had the season that fans wanted them to.

With so much possible turnover, it was key that Arizona bring in a ton of talent and it has done just that.

Justin Simon is a player that will compete for major minutes right away and he may do so at three different positions. He has the ability to play the point, but can also be moved around to play shooting guard and small forward as well.

You can also make an argument that Sean Miller has not had a pure scorer like Trier on his roster since arriving at Arizona.

Yes, there are some transitions that need to be made in college, especially with the way Arizona runs its defense, but Trier should be able to come in and be an effective scorer right away at this level.

We have no reason to believe that Ray Smith won’t be healthy upon arriving to Arizona and he is as dynamic as they come. Smith can score on three levels, is athletic, and has some of the best potential in the class.

With his skill set and what Arizona will need on next year’s team, Smith may be the guy that sees the most minutes among the freshmen.

Last is center Chance Comanche, who is at a different spot than the other three players that signed, but still has talent and fills a need.

If Kaleb Tarczewski goes to the NBA as expected, that would leave Arizona with only one true center in Dusan Ristic.

The coaching staff is hoping to land another big, but it still has a four-star in the fold. Comanche likely needs some work to contribute right away, but he has enough talent to be an effective player down the road and has the ability to surprise some people as well.

Once again, Miller signed the best players he could and a class that will likely fill the needs that next year’s roster has. There seems to be a comfort among Arizona fans, and rightfully so, that their head coach is able to recruit with the best of them.

It’s no surprise that Arizona continues to be among the best programs in the country when it is signing classes as it did this week.


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