Arizona is loaded with future pros on the front line in Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski, but they won’t be there forever.
With that in mind, the No. 1-ranked Wildcats are looking ahead and hosted 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman on Thursday.
“It went very well,” Zimmerman told SNY.tv of his visit to Arizona Thursday. “Beautiful campus, coaches are very high on winning, training and preparing players for the next level. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — If guard play is the key to college basketball, then Arizona would appear to be poised for a potential deep run come March.
In an NIT Season Tip-Off event that featured future lottery picks Jabari Parker of Duke and Aaron Gordon of Arizona, it was Arizona guard Nick Johnson who won the Most Outstanding Player trophy after the No. 4 Wildcats beat the No. 6 Blue Devils, 72-66, at Madison Square Garden.
Johnson and teammate T.J. McConnell combined for 25 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds and 6 turnovers. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Jabari Parker is 0-1 this year in meetings against his fellow super-freshmen.
Now comes Round 2.
After losing to Andrew Wiggins and Kansas at the Champions Classic Nov. 12 in Chicago, Parker and No. 6 Duke will now face Aaron Gordon and No. 4 Arizona Friday in the Preseason NIT Championship at Madison Square Garden.
Coach K wonders whether the freshmen are being overhyped by ESPN, but everyone agrees this group is special. To read more of this story, click here
Stanley Johnson is staying on the West Coast.
The 6-foot-6 Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei wing became the latest member of the famed Oakland Soldiers AAU program to pick Arizona on Friday, choosing Sean Miller’s program over USC, Kentucky, Oregon and Florida.
“I’m going to the University of Arizona,” Johnson said on ESPNU as he held up two Arizona sneakers.
“Arizona’s a great school overall. What put me over the top for them is just the way they recruited me since freshman year. And Coach [Sean] Miller has been great for me, genuine, honest. His coaching staff has been totally up front with me from the beginning…And just the genuine nature of the coaches and the family feeling I got when I got on campus.
“I always tell people I want the feeling of family and when I got on campus, the two times I’ve been there with my family, they showed out the best.”
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Kadeem Allen, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound shooting guard from Hutchinson (KS) College, verbally committed to Arizona.
Allen also considered Kansas and Cincinnati.
“I chose Arizona because of the great coaching staff and when I wasn’t playing good ball this summer, coach [Sean] Miller and the entire staff kept their faith in me,” Allen told SNY.tv by text.
Allen averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists last season.
Hutch assistant Jay Cyriac said Allen was the team’s leading scorer and defender last season. To read more of this story, click here
Cliff Alexander will officially visit DePaul beginning Thursday and Arizona Sept. 13,.
“Made my 5th official visit to DePaul starting Thursday,” Alexander Tweeted Monday.
The Arizona visit, first reported by ESPN.com and confirmed to SNY.tv by sources close to the situation, occurs on a weekend when Arizona hosts Texas-San Antonio in football.
The 6-foot-9 Chicago Curie power forward previously said he would take official visits to Kansas (Oct. 4), Memphis (Oct. 18) and Louisville (undecided). Louisville is still working on a date.
Alexander is also considering Kentucky, Michigan State, Illinois and Indiana, having eliminated Baylor and Florida, according to ESPN.com.
As for his timetable, he told SNY.tv in July at the Peach jam, “I’m not committing no time soon. I don’t know when I will commit.” To read more of this story, click here
Craig Victor, a 6-foot-8 power, 220-pound forward from New Orleans Elite and Findlay Prep, announced on Saturday he will attend Arizona.
Victor also considered LSU, Oklahoma State and Louisville.
“The opportunity, the school in general, the supporting cast, the fans, the brand of the school and the role I’d be in,” Victor told the Arizona Daily Star. “It’s just to be able to develop my skills so I can play in the NBA. That’s the main thing. Come in and compete with everybody.”
LSU was also an option thanks largely to assistant coach Korey McCray, but Arizona associate head coach Joe Pasternack has ties to New Orleans, having been the head coach there.
“He was a big factor,” Gregg Holmes of New Orleans Elite told SNY.tv of Pasternack. “If he was there, we don’t know if Arizona would have recruited him.” To read more of this story, click here
By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Reigning MAAC Player of the Year and former Rice High School star Lamont “MoMo” Jones worked out for the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, then made his way to New Jersey to work out for the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
Before the Harlem native got to his hotel Wednesday evening, he spoke with his best friend, who informed him a familiar face, Kevin Parrom, would also be at PNY Center working out for new Nets head coach Jason Kidd, General Manager Billy King and Assistant General Manager Bobby Marks.
“That was my college roommate, it’s great, I didn’t know he was gonna be here,” Jones said of Parrom, a Bronx native and his teammate at the University of Arizona for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. “I saw him last night, we talked for about two hours. It was great to catch up with him, it’s great to see guys like us growing up where we came from and the predicaments we were in just to be here together.”
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Aaron Gordon doesn’t know where Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow will end up playing college basketball.
But he knows one thing for sure.
Wherever they go — especially if they end up comprising a three-person package deal with point guard Tyus Jones — that team will be a force to be reckoned with.
“Wherever they go, they’ll be very good,” Gordon told SNY.tv following USA U19 practice Thursday at the Verizon Center. To read more of this story, click here
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Josiah Turner worked out in front of personnel from all 30 NBA teams at the Nets training facility here Thursday.
The gym featured some of the top names in the business, including Boston Celtics President Danny Ainge, Nets GM Billy King, Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers, Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, to name a few.
A couple of years ago, that might not have come as much of a surprise.
After all, Turner was ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the Class of 2011 by Rivals and was considered a potential one-and-done player when he committed to head coach Sean Miller and Arizona.
But that was before all his troubles began. To read more of this story, click here