Arizona Makes Statement

Angelo Chol gives the Arizona Wildcats a recruiting class that blows away the rest of their conference rivals.

College basketball coaches aren't the most pleasant segment of society. Coaches in general are simply wired to be miserable. By nature they tend to think the worst, so forgive Sean Miller if he doesn't crack a smile before his Arizona Wildcats take on Washington State on Thursday night. With Angelo Chol's decision to attend Arizona, the Wildcats have completed a class that stands head and shoulders above the rest of their league.

When Miller arrived in Tucson he had a fairly diminished roster. Most felt it would be a two year re-building process at minimum, well in his second season, Miller now has the Wildcats in first place in the Pac 10 with a 10-2 record and a lock for the NCAA Tournament.

It is very possible, and likely probable, that the Wildcats will lose prohibitive Pac 10 Player of the Year favorite Derrick Williams to the NBA Draft, but Miller and company have plenty of re-enforcements set to arrive in Tucson. In fact, their 2011 recruiting class simply blows away what the rest of the league can offer.

By adding Chol, the Wildcats now have four recruits in the 2011 class, all of them ranking in the top 75 in the country. Consider that no other team in the conference even has two players ranking inside the top 100.

Currently Oregon has the No. 2 class in the conference. The Ducks did land five-star prospect Jabari Brown, and added a trio of three stars in Bruce Barron, Austin Kuemper, and Brett Kingma, but that crew simply doesn't measure up to what Miller and his staff were able to reel in.

Arizona now has Chol, who is the No. 10 power forward, Sidiki Johnson who is the No. 17 power forward, Josiah Turner, the No. 3 point guard, and Nick Johnson who is the No. 9 shooting guard in the country.

With Chol now in the fold, and a solid senior year leading to a potential bump in the rankings for Nick Johnson, the Wildcats now have what could be a top five class in the entire country. Currently no other Pac 10 team ranks in the top 20 in the current team recruiting rankings.

The Wildcats will be able to plug those four talented pieces on a team that already features solid pieces in current sophomores Kevin Parrom, Lamont Jones, and Solomon Hill along with a good looking freshman in Jordin Mayes.

Making things even nicer for Miller is that he has already locked down 2012 target Grant Jerrett. Jerrett is a five-star prospect and one of the top two kids in the state of California. As a power forward, Jerrett will also be able to fortify the Arizona frontline to complement the already very talented backcourt.

Right now the Pac 10 is staring up at Arizona in the standings, and with the way Miller and his staff are getting things done on the recruiting trail, it is a position that they could get very familiar with.

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