Bird breaks down favorites

Four schools stand out for five-star 2013 wing Jabari Bird. He gives the latest in his recruitment.

A good percentage of the Pac-12 has been at Richmond (Calif.) Salesian this fall to check out's 17th ranked 2013 prospect, Jabari Bird.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound wing hasn't been shy about naming leaders early in his recruitment and says that right now he has four schools standing out.

"My favorite schools right now are Arizona and Washington as my top two schools, UCLA is third and California is fourth," Bird said.

The five-star prospect broke down the four schools that stand out for him.

Arizona: "I haven't taken my visit there yet but I'll visit there next month. Talking to the coaches, they seem like real good guys. The last few years they have had a lot of success recruiting top players in the country. It seems like they have a good program over there and I love the coaches, they keep it one hundred."

Washington: "Pretty much the same as Arizona, they're trying to build a big time program. They have pretty good players right now and are one of the top schools on the West Coast. I love the coaching staff there."

UCLA: "It's a California school and not too far from home. They jumped into the recruiting process a little late but I've talked to Ben Howland a few times on the phone and from what I've seen and what he's told me, I feel like he could help me develop."

California: "I've always liked Cal a lot; they've always been a favorite of mine. They're right down the street from me basically. I like coach (Mike) Montgomery and the coaching staff. I feel like if I went there I could get minutes right away."

As of now, Bird has just one visit set up but he plans on seeing all the schools on his list.

"The only visit I have set up is for Arizona in November but I plan to visit Washington and UCLA sometime after the season, and I'll probably take another visit to Cal," Bird said.

Bird plans on taking the next several months to evaluate his options before making a decision.

"I'm going to take my time with it and look at the situations with each school to see how I would fit in," he said. "I'm trying to commit probably in early spring."

Scout Hoops Top Stories