It did not take Sean Miller long after seeing 6-foot-9, 230-pound Corona (Calif.) Centennial junior Ike Anigbogu to realize he wanted to offer him last week.
“I was not expecting it at all,” Anigbogu said. “I got a call and I didn’t know who it was. It turned out to be Coach Miller and he offered me a scholarship and it was a pretty great feeling.”
“I have a great relationship with Coach Stoudamire.” he said. “He’s been recruiting me for a long time and he calls me as much as he is allowed. It’s great knowing that they’re truly interested in me.
“The coaches came out to Centennial Monday and that was a great experience. Coach Miller is a great guy and my parents like him, too.”
A program with an established basketball tradition is important to Anigbogu, but academics are playing a role in his recruitment as well.
“My parents are big on academics,” Anigbogu said. “Miller was pitching me on how Arizona has a nationally recognized business school to complement the program.
“The classroom comes first, so I am also looking for schools that give me opportunities outside of basketball.
"Coach Miller feels I could come into the program and make an immediate impact. He also said a lot of West Coast recruits play at Arizona and the distance isn’t much of an issue.”
There is still a lot of time in Anigbogu’s recruitment, but a visit to Arizona appears to be in his plans.
“I definitely plan to take a visit out there in the future, but we don’t have any dates in mind," he said.