Arizona Rankings Breakdown
As usual Sean Miller has it working on the recruiting trail. The Arizona boss has reeled in a trio of big time pledges, and already has one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Here is a look at how the Arizona commitments and targets faired in the most recent rankings update. Already the Wildcats have three five-star commitments in Ray Smith, Justin Simon, and Allonzo Trier. Each had a very good summer and remain at the five-star level that they were before this rankings update. Now the highest rated of the trio is Smith. Smith went up from No. 22 to No. 12 on the strength of a tremendous June and unlimited long term potential. Unfortunately Smith tore his ACL at the beginning of July and didn’t have a chance to finish up July strong, but still he received a significant bump in the rankings and when he makes a full recovery should be in position to have an early impact at Arizona. Up next for Arizona is Trier. Trier is now No. 13 in the rankings after previously checking in at No. 15 before the most recent update. The reason for the modest bump is because of Trier’s incredible scoring ability. He was one of the top scorers in the EYBL and showed the ability to hit from deep or get to the foul line. He is definitely a shooting guard who will play off the ball, but putting the ball in the basket is the single best skill one can have, and Trier does it as well as anybody. Simon is the final member of the committed trio. Simon did drop a few spots from No. 14 to No. 17. It was a spirited debate about Simon versus Jalen Brunson as the top point guard, in the end we felt that Brunson did more to earn the spot, but Simon still has the elite potential to stay in the top 20. If he can become a more consistent outside shooter look for Simon to make a lot of money playing this game given his athleticism, size, and ability to get into the lane off the dribble. It looks like Arizona is still trying to add another big guy, or potentially two to finish out this class. The two top rated prospects on the board are now Ivan Rabb and Caleb Swanigan, both of whom are in the top 10 overall. Rabb fell two spots from No. 3 to No. 5 after a somewhat disappointing spring and summer. He still has the prototype body for a power forward and showed tremendous potential during the high school year, but he has to get more consistent with his production to remain at his lofty perch. Swanigan ascended to No. 8 from No. 12. He is one of the best rebounders in the country, has a good skill level, and is in the best shape of his life. Swanigan’s excellent performance at the USA Basketball tryouts were huge in bumping him into the top 10. Falling down were Stephen Zimmerman and Chance Comanche. Zimmerman fell from No. 8 to No. 14 with an inconsistent summer. He still has good athleticism, really runs the floor, and a good skill level for his size, but his production wasn’t at a top 10 level. Comanche dropped from five-star to four-star and from No. 21 to No. 43 overall. He has great skill level, but there is concern about his toughness and rebounding. Overall Arizona looks like they will be in the mix for the best class in the country, and appear primed for one of Miller’s best classes to date.
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