2015 Rankings Breakdown: Arizona

For the first time since the end of the summer the class of 2015 rankings were updated. As would be expected there was a lot of movement up and down. Here is a look at what happened with Arizona targets.

The easiest place to start when talking about Arizona is with commitment Tyler Dorsey. Dorsey remained the No. 2 shooting guard in the class and stayed in the top 10, though he fell from No. 7 to No. 10. There was some dissention the last time rankings were made within the top 10 as to how high Dorsey should be, and after multiple in person viewings this high school season we decided that Dorsey needed to drop a few spots.

Part of what is behind the drop is Dorsey's desire, but inability to play the point guard position. A gifted scorer, when he tries to play point guard it hasn't gone well for him, and it is becoming more and more clear that he is someone that will need to play off the ball in college and going forward. Still Dorsey is a very gifted scorer, a good athlete, and has the skill to attack off the dribble or hit from deep. A clear five-star player, Dorsey is someone who should have an excellent go of things in his time in Tucson.

Moving on from Dorsey the biggest thing for Arizona fans will be the upward movement of Ivan Rabb. Sean Miller has basically made the Bay Area his second home over the past few recruiting cycles, and Rabb is clearly the next big thing from there. We moved Rabb up to No. 1 on the strength of a great year.

Rabb has gotten the best of other highly touted prospects in head-to-head matchups during the season, and though it isn't a clear No.1 in terms of separation from the others in the class, the consensus was come to fairly quickly that Rabb was the guy most deserving of the top spot in the class.

The other big mover worth monitoring for Arizona was Justin Simon. Simon is now the No. 1 point guard in the class and he got bumped up to five-star status. Simon was the No. 10 point guard coming into the year, but his length, athleticism, and production combined with his unique upside make him the clear top floor general.

Simon has an Arizona offer and plans to make a visit soon. Clearly he is emerging as a top priority for the Wildcats given what Dorsey has shown himself to be as a player, and since his size at the position would go well with Parker Jackson-Cartwright who Arizona is bringing in, in the 2014 class.

Others worth noting for Arizona would be Stephen Zimmerman, Chase Jeter, Ray Smith, Carlton Bragg, and Daniel Giddens. All of them except Smith were fairly steady in their ranking, with none losing or gaining a star.

Smith however has seen his stock go up. The 6-foot-7 wing is more skilled and athletic than ever, and he saw himself go from the No. 8 small forward and No. 45 overall to the No. 6 small forward and No. 29 overall. While he isn't necessarily on the cusp of five-star status yet, he is clearly looking like he could play his way into that discussion with a strong spring.

Overall Arizona is off to a great start to the class with one top 10 prospect already committed, and having the inside track on the No. 1 overall player. Now it is just a matter of closing the deal on some of their top targets, which is clearly something that Sean Miller and his staff have proven capable of since he got to Tucson.


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