July Recruiting Preview: Arizona
The busiest month of the year for college coaches and high school prospects is upon us. Every Wednesday through Sunday for the rest of the month will involve players and coaches crisscrossing the country playing in some of the top basketball events around. Here is a look at what the Arizona coaches will be up to during July. Sean Miller will be one of the coaches with the least amount of rest heading into the July period given that he is just going to be returning from Greece where he coached the gold medal winning U-19 team. Now he has a few prospects to track as he hopes to build his own roster to be championship caliber. Miller is already off to a great start in 2016 with the commitment of five-star power forward T.J.Leaf. Leaf runs with the Compton Magic, so Miller and his staff will no doubt have a major presence at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta during the first period to keep an eye on their future skilled power forward. With Leaf already in the fold, Miller can choose to be picky in this class, and with that two prospects in Charlotte at the Under Armour All-American Camp will clearly have his eye. Those two would be Markelle Fultz and Josh Jackson. Both Fultz and Jackson are five-star prospects, and both are major priorities for Arizona. Fultz is a shooting guard who occasionally can slide down to point, while Jackson is an incredibly talented wing who does a bit of everything. Both Fultz and Jackson are expected to make official visits to Arizona at some point following the summer, Fultz likely in August, and both are keys to this Arizona recruiting class. Outside of those two, Arizona also looks to be trying to add some depth on the low block in 2016. On the list is M.J. Cage and De’Ron Davis who will be at the Gauntlet Finale. Davis especially seems to be a focus. Beyond those guys, guards De’Aaron Fox, Kobi Simmons, and Frank Jackson will all have the attention of the Arizona coaches. Simmons and Jackson will be at the Gauntlet Finale while Fox will be at the Peach Jam with Houston Hoops. While 2016 clearly will have the majority of the attention from the coaching staff, the 2017 class will also have some players getting looks. Potentially at the top of the list would be California residents Brandon McCoy and Jaylen Hands. McCoy is a big man with a ton of upside who will be at Peach Jam with Cal Supreme, and Hands is a talented point guard who will be at the Gauntlet Finale with Compton Magic. Beyond those two, prospects such as D.J. Harvey, Mohamed Bamba, Troy Brown, Trae Young, and Markus Howard will all be at the Peach Jam, and all are top targets for the Wildcats. Other prospects will definitely emerge, and potentially even become priority recruits for the Wildcats, but at least to start this is who it looks like will have their attention as things get going in July.
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