On 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
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 SNY.tv. “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 SNY.tv 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
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
By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
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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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 SNY.tv. “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
By JOHN PAVIA
Special to ZAGSBLOG
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 SNY.tv 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 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 SNY.tv.
The 6-foot-9 Gordon is projected as the No. 8 pick by DraftExpress.com, 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 SNY.tv. “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
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 SNY.tv, ”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
Dusan Ristic, a 7-foot, 240-pound center originally from Novi Sad, Serbia, will visit Arizona this weekend along with 2015 Las Vegas Bishop Gorman big man Chase Jeter.
“He came here because Arizona recruited him,” Sunrise Christian (KS) coach Kyle Lindsted told SNY.tv. “He’s Arizona’s to lose.”
Lindsted added that a “boatload [of schools] have contacted” him on Ristic.
Ristic’s visit to Arizona was previously reported by Scout.com. To read more of this story, click here
Arizona’s chances at a national championship may have taken a hit with the loss of sophomore forward Brandon Ashley for the season to a foot injury.
The 6-foot-10 forward was averaging 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds a game, while shooting 52.2 percent from the field.
“Brandon Ashley suffered a foot injury that will end his season,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said in a statement. “While we’re all disappointed, we are also aware that Brandon needs our support and positive energy surrounding him. Someone once told me, the hottest heat forges the strongest steel. This adversity will ultimately make Brandon and our team stronger moving forward.” To read more of this story, click here