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Arizona, Miller reel in top class
Sean Miller’s recruiting success over the past few years has been well documented. But this year he managed to step it up another notch. After landing a top five recruiting classes each of the last four years, Miller and Arizona will enter and are expected to leave the first signing period with the nation’s top rated class. Miller told Scout.com that this was a pivotal group for his staff. “This class is a very important class to us because of the timing of them coming to school,” Miller said. “We are going to lose maybe all five starters and six out of 13 scholarship players that we have. When you lose that much that class next up becomes important. I’m excited about these guys.” Arizona’s current 2015 recruiting class consists of Ray Smith, Allonzo Trier, Justin Simon and Chance Comanche. All four are ranked among the top 44 players in the country and the first three listed are regarded as five-star recruits. Smith, who tore his ACL over the summer, is Miller’s highest rated recruit at No. 12 overall. Known for his athleticism, length and versatility, Miller thinks Smith’s best basketball days are ahead of him. “I’m very proud of him,” Miller told Scout.com. “The obstacle he was hit with in July is one that sends young people in two different directions. The one he has taken is making the best of out of the situation. We are excited with his progress. We anticipate him being 100 percent by the time he arrives.” “He’s done a great job with rehab,” Miller added. “His size and ability to play on the perimeter are things that not a lot of people have. When you project where he is and where he could be a couple years from now, we are really excited about his future.” Checking in at No. 13 overall in the 2015 class is Trier. The Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep standout is one of the nation’s best scorers and that certainly caught Miller’s eye.
“Allonzo can really score,” Miller said. “He scores and he’s very efficient with his scoring. He gets to the foul line. He has a real knack for that. That translates much like rebounding. For him there are certain teams that require him to shoot more, but I feel like he’s a very efficient player and he knows how to play the game. He’s a great kid that loves to get better.”
Arizona’s third five-star prospect is California native Justin Simon. Simon, who will finish his high school career at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, is known for his versatility.
“With Justin Simon its not just on the court, but it’s off the court too,” Miller said. “He’s a leader and has a charm about him where people gravitate to him. With his length he’s interchangeable and can guard a number of different positions. We love his unselfish nature, his vision and ability to make other people better.”
Arizona’s only post prospect committed in 2015 is Comanche, a 6-foot-11 big man out of Beverly Hills (Calif.) High. Miller said he was drawn to his desire to get better.
“One of the things that we love about Chance is that he loves the game,” Miller said. “I think when you have a talented frontcourt player with the size he has at 6-11 and long, when he has a desire to be great and he loves the game that is as important as any skill. Where he is today and where he will be a couple years from now is a much different place. We are very excited about him. He has a knack for scoring.”
Is this Miller’s best recruiting class to date?
“I think time will tell, but it has the makings of a special group,” Miller said. “They can all be on the court together and a lot of times that aides in the progress and I think they can grow together.”
While it’s already a great class, Arizona isn’t done and has at least one scholarship still available. Among the players that Arizona are still heavily involved with are Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman. Both Rabb and Zimmerman aren’t expected to make decisions until the spring.
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