The Arizona Wildcats have one of the best recruiting coaches in the country. Since his arrival six years ago, Sean Miller has routinely brought in top talent to keep the ‘Cats in the national spotlight.
The 2016 class still has a long time to go before the majority of players start committing and making everything official, but five-star forward T.J. Leaf has decided to become the first member of Arizona's 2016 class.
“I feel that I found the right fit,” Leaf said. “I took my visits, gave each school a hard look and am confident in my decision, so there’s no reason in waiting.”
Ultimately the decision for Leaf came down to which school gives him the best opportunity to flourish in his natural position, although the 6-foot-10 Leaf feels his versatility is one of his best assets.
“I can play multiple positions and play them well,” Leaf explained. "I am a good rebounder on both ends of floor and I’m a guy that’s unselfish. It’s always been a goal to be a player that can do a lot on the floor and help win games.
“I’m 6-10 in shoes, but I played a lot of guard when I was younger. I didn’t play inside until I hit my growth spurt, so I have a skill set that most players my size don’t have.
"If there are bigger guys on me, I can take them off the dribble or set up my teammates through the offense or if the defender is smaller I can post them up.”
Arizona has been heavily involved with Leaf’s for quite a while now and the Wildcats made their best impression when Leaf visited the campus.
“I have a great relationship with Arizona,” Leaf said. “I’ve been there a couple of times and every visit has been great. My relationship with the coaches has grown over time. They are great and Coach Miller has done a lot with the program.”
With his ability to play multiple spots on the floor being one of his best attributes, Leaf really likes how Miller runs his small forward and power forward positions.
“Arizona’s threes and fours are pretty much interchangeable and that could benefit me,” Leaf said. “I can play a lot of power forward and then move to the three if needed.
“The fours are allowed to do a lot of things such as get the defensive rebound, push the break and if they are capable of shooting threes, then Coach Miller allows it, which fits into my style of play.”