T.J. Leaf to Arizona

T.J. Leaf, a 6-foot-10, 217-pound 2016 face-up forward from El Cajon (CA) Foothills Christian, committed to Arizona on Wednesday, he announced on Twitter.

The No. 3 power forward in the Class of 2016 according to 247Sports composite rankings, Leaf also considered UCLA, Duke, Michigan, Florida and San Diego.

“It was a lot of reasons,” Leaf told ESPN.com. “For one, I have a great relationship with all the coaches there, including coach [Sean] Miller. That’s a big plus. Their style of play, how they use their 4s, interchangeable with their 3s, that’s what I want. And I have the opportunity to come in and make an impact as a freshman.” To read more of this story, click here

Bragg Has Illinois Home Visit, Arizona is Out

adidas UnrivaledCarlton Bragg is now down to four schools after Arizona opted to stop recruiting him.

The 6-foot-8 Bragg from Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph will now choose from among Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and Illinois, with whom he had his final in-home visit on Tuesday night.

“Arizona dropped out,” Michael Graves, Bragg’s mentor, told SNY.tv. “They informed us that they love Carlton but they’re going to pursue other people.”

Illinois is seen as a long shot for Bragg — only 6 percent of pundits on the 247Sports Crystal Ball picked the Illini — but that didn’t stop head coach John Groce and two assistants from making their pitch.

“They spent a lot of time really just talking with the family about how they’ve been there from the beginning,” Graves said.“They have been one of the only schools to recruit him hard, like he needed to be recruited. They treated him like he was their top priority, that was one thing that they stressed. They haven’t missed a game in two years with somebody from their staff. If it wasn’t Coach Groce, it was Dustin [Ford], Jamall [Walker] or Paris [Parham]. They really stressed the point that they’ve been there from the beginning.” To read more of this story, click here

Arizona Latest to Pitch 2016 Guard Tyus Battle

Arizona was the latest high-profile school to pitch Tyus Battle when assistant coach Book Richardson passed through the Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s school on Friday.

“Book did an outstanding job painting a clear picture of where Tyus would fit in at Arizona,” Gary Battle, Tyus’s father, told SNY.tv. “They like that he’s a big combo guard.”

The 6-foot-5 Battle, a 2016 combo guard who won a gold medal with the USA U17 team at the FIBA World Championship in Dubai in July, has had a Who’s Who of high-major coaches see him in the past two weeks. To read more of this story, click here

Chance Comanche to Arizona

Chance Comanche, a 6-foot-9 center from Los Angeles View Park Prep, committed to Arizona on his official visit this weekend.

“I’ve decided that I’m going to the University of Arizona,” he Tweeted.

Ranked the No. 10 center in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports’s Composite rankings, Comanche also considered Arizona State, N.C. State, UConn and UCLA.

“It was a difficult decision,” he added by text. “All the schools have great programs, coaches and academics, but ultimately I made the decision based on where I fit in best, can contribute to the team and grew as a player.

The news was first reported by Scout.com.

Arizona has long been considered the heavy favorite.

“I’ve always liked the school,” Comanche told the Arizona Daily Star. “They have a good team and great coaches. Sean Miller and Joe Pasternack are great guys.”

He joins point guard Justin Simon, shooting guard Allonzo Trier and wing Ray Smith in Sean Miller’s 2015 recruiting class.

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Arizona Commit Justin Simon to Brewster Academy

Arizona-bound point guard Justin Simon is the latest high-level recruit to transfer to Brewster (N.H.) Academy.

The 6-foot-4 Simon, a native of Temecula Valley, CA, is part of a three-man recruiting class at Arizona that also includes wing Ray Smith and shooting guard Allonzo Trier.

“My family and I thought it was a great idea to get away for my senior year to become more independent and be challenged as a basketball player and a young man,” Simon told the Riverside Press-Enterprise via text message. “To develop in practice and game situations at a level I never had before. … To prepare for Arizona.”

Brewster recently added UConn-bound point guard Jalen Adams and Georgetown-bound forward Marcus Derrickson to a roster that already includes Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell, Virginia-bound big man Jarred Reuter and Washington commit David Crisp.

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Allonzo Trier to Arizona

Arizona coach Sean Miller continued to build a strong 2015 recruiting class with the addition Sunday of Findlay Prep shooting guard Allonzo Trier.

The 6-foot-4 Trier, who dropped 42 points on the Playaz Basketball Club in one game at Peach Jam, joins point guard Justin Simon and wing Ray Smith in Arizona’s 2015 class.

“My relationship with Coach Miller and the way they recruited me was the difference,” Trier told ESPN.com while on a weekend visit to Tucson. “It’s a family program, a players program. I just fell in love with everything.” To read more of this story, click here

Ray Smith to Arizona

NBPA Top 100 CampOn the same weekend he received the devastating news that he had torn his ACL, Las Vegas High wing Ray Smith brought down some good news.

He has committed to Arizona.

The 6-foot-7 small forward had recently cut his list for a second time to include Arizona, Arizona State, Texas, UConn, Georgetown, Louisville, UCLA, USC and Cal. (He then added UConn.)

“My son’s dream is to go to the NBA,” Bobby Smith, Ray’s father, recently told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here