Big get!

It was no shock that a top tier point guard committed to Arizona this week, it is a bit of a shock at who committed. Arizona received big news when the nation's top point guard will be coming to Tucson.

Arizona has long been involved with Brandon Jennings. He first visited Tucson the summer after his freshman year at Compton Dominguez high school. He attended the Arizona Elite Camp that year and had been high on Arizona since.

He attended last year's Cactus Classic as a member of the SoCal All-Stars and at the time was seriously considering Arizona and UConn. Those two teams were the final two according to his AAU coach.

"It came down to two schools – UConn and Arizona," said Kelly Williams one of his summer league coaches. "You can't go wrong with either school. It's two Hall of Fame coaches and they have similar styles."

Both schools appeared out of it when Jennings chose USC in November, but by the spring he was back on the market and soon after USC was eliminated all together.

With Jennings transferring to Oak Hill last year, many felt that the move was a chance to get acclimated to the East Coast and a possible pledge to UConn. In fact, Coach Williams may have paved the way to the Huskies as his son is former UConn standout Marcus Williams.

What a lot of folks did not consider was that the year at Oak Hill may have actually worked in Arizona's favor. While Jennings has stated that he loves the school and the competition they face, he also has missed his family. After he, his mother and his younger brother spent the weekend in Tucson, the family ties seem to have played a role in the commitment.

``He said he wants to be closer to home," Williams. "He wants to be closer so his mom and his family are able to come and see him play."

This is a huge commitment for the Wildcats. It adds a marquee player to an already solid class of Emmanuel Negedu and Brendan Lavender. It almost assures the Wildcats of a top-five class and gives them the star power to attract one or two more big time players top round things out.

After the struggles of the past two seasons, it shows that recruits still have faith in Lute Olson and his program. In two classes the Cats have added two top-10 guards in Jennings and Jerryd Bayless.

It should continue to open doors to elite players. Jennings has ties to both coasts and has played with some great talents. Fact is players like to play with Jennings and he is well liked.

It was a big team effort to land the guard, led by the efforts of Josh Pastner. Pastner had led the recruitment since his freshman season in California and was a frequent visitor at Oak Hill.

Many Wildcat fans expected to hear good news this week, but this is probably not exactly what they expected.

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