After a strong summer, the 6-foot-3 Gaddy was on display in front of the Wildcats' staff and by all accounts, he made a strong impression. In fact, the impression was good enough that the ‘Cats immediately made him a priority, offered Scout.com's No. 25 prospect and shortly thereafter got it done.
"The most important thing at the end of his evaluation was that Arizona and Washington were pretty much even," Gary Ward, who is Gaddy's AAU coach, said. "But the thing that stuck out in his mind is that his entire life he's always dreamed about playing for the Arizona Wildcats."
"Once his mother blessed it and said she'd be OK and when his family blessed it, then it just made more sense for him to go to Arizona."
His junior season at Bellarmine Prep culminated in a second-team all-area selection. Gaddy averaged 20 points and 11 assists while teaming with standout junior Avery Bradley.
"He's probably one of the highest basketball IQ kids that you'll meet," the Northwest Panthers coach said. "His understanding of how to play, reading the defense and taking what the defense gives you is really what sets him apart."
Before the national attention really began coming Gaddy's way, he made it clear that while he was thinking globally he would only act locally. Quickly after July, Gaddy trimmed his list down to Washington and Arizona.