DeAndre Ayton

Breaking down Arizona's 2017 Recruiting Class on Signing Day

Here is a look at what went right, what went wrong, and what is still left to do for Sean Miller and his staff as we head into the fall signing period.

What went right?

Considering Arizona enters Signing Day with the nation's top-ranked recruiting class, plenty has gone right for the Wildcats.

Sean Miller and staff have pulled the nation's number one 2017 prospect in DeAndre Ayton, who has elite size, length, athleticism and skill set. While Ayton still has work to do in terms of a consistent motor, his upside is one of the highest Scout has seen in a long time and he will easily be one of the top basketball prospects who have ever stepped foot in Tucson.

Ayton will be surrounded by at least three other quality players. Top 40 shooting guard Brandon Randolph is shooting guard with size, length and range on his jumper. He'll give the Wildcats a player with a high floor given his size, athleticism and shooting ability, yet has plenty of upside as well.

Randolph won't be the only shooter in Arizona's 2017 backcourt, however, as UA is also bringing in local Alex Barcello into the fold. Barcello, Scout's 8th ranked 2017 prospect, is a shoot-first point guard who can really knock down shots. While Barcello is shoot-first, he has the handle and vision to be good four-year point guard for Sean Miller.

Ira Lee, ranked 80th by Scout, is an athletic power forward who plays extremely hard and rebounds at a high rate. His ability to make plays with his athleticism and guard multiple positions will come in handy in Tucson. Lee, who is still nursing a shoulder injury, has the ability to graduate early and arrive in Tucson in January, although in that scenario he would be expected to redshirt, as of today.

http://www.scout.com/player/184253-deandre-ayton?s=75

What went wrong?

It's hard to nitpick on a top-ranked recruiting class. Long before Arizona pursued Barcello, the Wildcats lost Jaylen Hands to UCLA. The Wildcats were once involved with Troy Brown, who ultimately chose Oregon. There are others, such as Gary Trent and P.J. Washington, who Arizona has recruited and backed off of, but it's hard to find a lot of reasons to complain in this class if you're an Arizona fan.

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What is left to do?

Arizona still has a lot of options left on the board. Brandon McCoy is a Top 10 center who the Wildcats have long been towards the top for, while UA is also right there for Top 25 wings Lonnie Walker and Brian Bowen. Longer shots which Arizona is still involved with include Trevon DuvalHamidou Diallo and Jarred Vanderbilt.

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