Cage continuing the process

Santa Ana (Calif.) junior Michael Cage is one of the best players in the country. Read on for an update on his recruitment, condign where Arizona stands.

One of the best prospects in the west is 6-foot-10, 225-pound Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei center M.J. Cage.

His junior campaign has been a solid one, and Cage has really hit his stride with the regular season coming to a close.

“The season has gone well for us as a team,” Cage said. “My individual game has really expanded this year, and coach is happy with my progressions.

“As a team, we are playing together and it shows on the court.”

Cage continues to hear from schools throughout the country, many of which have visited him as well.

“I always say that the offers and attention are a product of hard work, so it is a blessing to have these great programs recruiting me,” he said.

“Coaches from a lot of different schools talk to me everyday. Coaches have been to some practices to watch me play and give me advice on my game.”

Arizona offered Cage back in October and the Wildcats have been very active in his recruitment.

“Coach Miller and his staff have been great to me since they started recruiting me,” said Cage. “They tell me that my style of play matches well with their offense.

“I hear from them a lot and the coaches have been out to see me a few times. Arizona has definitely been on me the most in my recruitment so far.”

Cage cites Arizona’s success with bigs as a reason for his interest.

Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and even Aaron Gordon last year all have done well at Arizona," he said. "That shows how great of a coach Sean Miller is and that he can develop talent. That’s an important factor to me.”

With the regular season coming to a close for Cage, his focus remains on competing for a state championship and improving all around.

“Like I said, I want to win as many games as I can and help put my team in the best position to be successful," he said. "We have a talented team that can compete with anyone.”

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