Arizona makes an impression on Hands

Jayden Hands is one of the top sophomores in the country and visited Arizona this past weekend. Read on to see how what he thought about the visit and more.

Chula Vista (Calif.) Mater Dei Catholic sophomore point guard Jaylen Hands visited Arizona this weekend and came away impressed.

“The visit was great,” Hands said. “We got there early so we could spend as much time on the campus as possible, I wanted to get a closer look at the school and the basketball facilities.”

The 6-2, 155-pound five-star's visit gave him an opportunity to take a closer look at numerous aspects of the program.

“When we got there on Friday, we met with Coach Pasternack and Coach Miller,” Hands added. “They were great from the moment we arrived to when we left. It was great watching the coaching staff prepare for Stanford.

“A strong coaching staff is important to me, and Coach Miller runs a disciplined practice regardless of the environment. He gets on every one of his players just the same and I liked that.”

Hands also got to spend some time with the Wildcats’ coaching staff to discuss his potential role at Arizona.

“They talked a lot about how the point guards come off screens a lot,” Hands added. “The offense is a very free-flowing, screen-orientated offense, so guards that are good passers can get the team involved and find scoring opportunities.

“He also added that someone as versatile as me could make a lot of plays using screens to get open and create for others.”

As of now, Hands has plans to return to Tucson for another visit, although the dates are not yet confirmed.

“The coaches and I spoke about coming back out very soon,” Hands said. “I want to come back and I know my parents do too, so we will work out the dates, but I definitely want to come back.”

Even though Hands spoke highly of the Arizona visit, he is not sure when he will make a final decision.

“The visit definitely increased my liking toward Arizona,” he said. “Everything was great, but I still want to look at my options.

“I’m not any closer to a decision and I do not want to rush anything. There is a lot to consider and I want to pick the perfect situation for myself.”


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