LAS VEGAS - Although it was not a full day of action, Wednesday still saw numerous Arizona recruits perform.
Josh Jackson: There were times that Jackson looked bored on Wednesday, but he turned it on when he needed to and was still clearly the best player on the court. With the game close at the end, Jackson beat his man off the dribble twice, including once for an impressive three-point play.
It is almost a guarantee that Jackson will be the most athletic guy on the court each time out and Wednesday was no different, as he blocked at least five shots.
Andrew Jones: This was our first time seeing Jones and there shouldn’t be any hesitancy about the Arizona offers. For starters, Jones was the fastest guy on the court and at 6-foot-4, that’s an impressive feat.
In addition, Jones handled the point and played off the ball and was just as effective with each. When he was the point guard, Jones never forced the action, but his speed and aggressiveness had his defender on his heals.
When he played at the two, Jones showed a nice stroke out to three-point range and got a good amount of lift on his jumper.
We don’t want to call Jones a no-brainer recruit because we have only seen him once, but he deserves the attention he is now getting and is a player we expect Arizona to pick it up with.
Frank Jackson: The first half went much better for Jackson than the second half did, but he still had an impressive all around game.
There were a few too many turnovers, but a lot of that had to do with the fact that he was going right at Kobi Simmons. In fact, Jackson probably shot the ball less than were accustomed to, choosing instead to use his strength to get to the basket.
De'Ron Davis This was a complete mismatch, as the Hawks wound up winning by 30 and every single player was better than the opposition’s starting five. Still, Davis did what he does well, which is attack the glass and use his strength inside.
Had he played the whole game, Davis could have finished with some ridiculous numbers and yet he was still impressive with his effort in relatively limited time.
Davis’ strength may be his best attribute and he often shows it in his ability to finish a three-point play, something he did at least twice.