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 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 To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Makes USA Team, Will Cut List Afterward

Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe made the USA U18 team and will compete in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship beginning Friday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“We couldn’t be happier for Isaiah that he made the U18 National Team and has the opportunity to represent his country,” RC coach Dave Boff told “I know how hard he worked to achieve this goal. It’s a great honor for him and also for Roselle Catholic to have one of our players playing for USA Basketball.”

“It feels good just knowing that all the hard work I put in is showing,” the 6-foot-3 Briscoe told by text after the first cuts were made. “It’s still one more cut to be made of three but I’m just still trying to play my game and hope to represent my country.” To read more of this story, click here

Tyler Dorsey Decommits from Arizona (UPDATED)

Two days after his father reaffirmed his commitment to Arizona, Tyler Dorsey has officially decommitted.

“As much as I love the Arizona basketball program as well as the awesome Wildcat fans and highly respect Head Coach Sean Miller and the entire Arizona staff, I realize that, in hindsight, I rushed my college choice and did not provide myself with the greatest opportunity to explore and thoroughly investigate all my possible college options,” Dorsey said, in part, in a statement.

“After very careful personal reflection and discussing this issue in depth with my parents, I feel I owe it to myself to open up my recruiting at this time and fully experience the recruiting process in order to allow myself to make the best possible choice for my future. I am pleased that Coach Miller understands and respects my decision to do this and hope that Arizona will continue to be a college option for me.” To read more of this story, click here

Ryan Anderson Transferring to Arizona



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Former Boston College forward Ryan Anderson has announced that he will be transferring to play for Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats.

Blessed to say that I’ve committed to Arizona!! BEARDOWN!!!” Anderson tweeted.

The 6-foot-8 junior from Lakewood, CA, was the only player on the Boston College roster to start all 32 games for the Eagles, averaging 14.3 points, and 7.3 rebounds per game.

Anderson will have one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out for the 2014-2015 season.

Arizona could lose some combination of forwards Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski to the 2015 NBA Draft, so Anderson provides some measure of insurance down low..

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Justin Simon to Arizona (UPDATED)

Arizona coach Sean Miller continued to clean up on the West Coast by landing Justin Simon, a 6-foot-5, 185-pound combo guard out of Temecula Valley (CA).

A four-star recruit ranked No. 23 by Rivals and No. 45 by ESPN, Simon joins five-star point guard Tyler Dorsey of Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco in Arizona’s 2015 recruiting class and gives them a versatile and tall backcourt for the future. Dorsey is also 6-4.

Both Simon and Dorsey were invited to participate in the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team training camp next month in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“It came down to Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, Santa Clara, Washington, Texas and New Mexico,” Ken Simon, Justin’s father, told “All those schools recruited him very well and had a plan for him. The reason why Justin chose Arizona was the coaching staff and the winning atmosphere.” To read more of this story, click here

Arizona-Bound Stanley Johnson is Ready to Compete for National Championship


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NEW YORK — As many of the crucial players from top-tier schools have begun to make the decision whether to return to school or enter the NBA Draft, Stanley Johnson is busy prepping to contribute right away at Arizona next season.

After Wednesday’s practice for the Jordan Brand Classic, Johnson spoke to about how Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson departing from Arizona for the NBA Draft would affect the team for next year.

“That’s a really personal decision for them,” he said. “They feel like they can play in the To read more of this story, click here

Arizona’s Gordon, Johnson to Announce for Draft

GordonArizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft during a press conference Tuesday at the school, sources told

The 6-foot-9 Gordon is projected as the No. 8 pick by, while the 6-2 Johnson is projected at 48.

Gordon averaged 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds, while Johnson led the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game.

“Gordon is a great athlete,” one veteran NBA scout told “He’s not a 3, but an energy guy who needs to become a more skilled perimeter player. He has good upside and will be a backup to start his NBA career. To read more of this story, click here

Arizona Adds 7-Footer Dusan Ristic

Dusan Ristic

Dusan Ristic, a 7-foot, 240-pound center originally from Novi Sad, Serbia, committed to Arizona as expected on Saturday.

Ristic, out of Sunrise Christian (KS), visited Arizona this past weekend and head coach Kyle Lindsted previously told, ”He’s Arizona’s to lose.”

Ristic is the fifth 2014 commit for head coach Sean Miller, joining point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, JUCO shooting guard Kadeem Allen, small forward Stanley Johnson and power forward Craig Victor.

Lindsted said Ristic came to the U.S. from Serbia to play with countryman Vasilije Pusica, a 6-4 combo guard from Belgrade, who is Ristic’s close friend. To read more of this story, click here