Alexander Sets Arizona, DePaul Visits (UPDATED)

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 to Arizona

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

Friendly Rivals Turned Teammates, MoMo Jones and Kevin Parrom Work Out For Nets

By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

MoMo JonesEAST 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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Aaron Gordon Recruiting Okafor, Winslow to Arizona

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

Josiah Turner Working to Overcome Troubled Past

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

Aaron Gordon Looking for 2nd Straight Postseason MVP at Jordan Classic

NEW YORK — Six of the 22 players in Saturday’s Jordan Brand Classic are headed to Kentucky, so the mathematical odds favor a future Wildcat winning game MVP honors.

But don’t bet against Arizona-bound forward Aaron Gordon, who is looking to follow up his MVP performance in the McDonald’s All-American Game with another strong showing in Brooklyn.

Just last week, the 6-foot-8 Gordon went for 24 points, including nine dunks, and eight rebounds to lead the West over the East, 110-99, at Chicago’s United Center.

This past week, Gordon was named California Mr. Basketball for the second straight season.

“He wants to be the best guy out there,” Tim Kennedy, Gordon’s coach at San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty and an assistant coach on the Jordan Brand West Team, told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

Aaron Gordon Named McDonald’s MVP

One day after pledging to Arizona, Aaron Gordon put on a show in the McDonald’s All-American Game.

The 6-foot-9 forward from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty was named the John R. Wooden MVP of the McDonald’s Game after he went for 24 points, including nine dunks, and eight rebounds to lead the West over the East, 110-99, at Chicago’s United Center.

“Another day at the office for the big fella,” Mitty coach Tim Kennedy told SNY.tv. “Very proud of him.”

After picking Arizona over Oregon, Kentucky and Washington, Gordon excelled in the open floor and scored on a variety of highlight-reel dunks.

If there were no age limit for this year’s NBA Draft, one NBA GM said Gordon would be the No. 3 overall pick behind fellow Class of 2014 stars Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle.

The 6-8 Wiggins led the East squad with 19 points. He will decide between Kentucky, Kansas, Florida State and North Carolina, and recently said if he went to Kentucky, “We’d win it all for sure.”

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Aaron Gordon to Arizona; Keith Frazier to SMU

By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

Aaron GordonUCLA and USC may have made big splashes with new coaching hires in the last four days, but they aren’t the only Pac-12 schools making major news lately.

On Tuesday morning in Chicago where he is set to play in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American Game, 6-foot-8 consensus top-5 recruit Aaron Gordon announced his intentions to play for head coach Sean Miller and the University of Arizona.

The second-best player still on the Class of 2013 board behind Andrew Wiggins, the Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) senior chose the Wildcats over Oregon, Washington and Kentucky.

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Rondae Jefferson to Arizona

Rondae Jefferson initially planned on announcing his college choice on his birthday in January.

Instead, the 6-foot-7 wing forward out of Chester (Pa.) High pulled the trigger in September after a home visit with Arizona head coach Sean Miller.

“Want to thanks everyone for congratulating me on my choice… I feel great and am proud to say that I Am a #ArizonaWildcat,” Jefferson wrote on Facebook.

Florida and Rutgers also made strong bids for Jefferson, the Rivals No. 5 small forward in the Class of 2013.

“I think that Arizona made him a priority in the recruiting process,” Team Final coach Rob Brown told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here