7-Foot NBA Prospect Ristic is ‘Arizona’s to Lose’

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 Ashley Out for Season With Foot Injury

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

Tyler Dorsey to Arizona

No.1-ranked Arizona scored a major recruiting coup late Friday night when Tyler Dorsey verbally committed.

“Just committed to the University of Arizona #BearDown” he Tweeted.

Arizona Coach Sean Miller was reportedly at Friday night’s St. John Bosco-JSerra game.

“They recruited him hard since the eighth grade,” Jerrid Dorsey, Tyler’s father, told SNY.tv. “Plus, he loves Sean Miller.” To read more of this story, click here

Zimmerman Visits No. 1 Arizona (UPDATED)

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

Guard Play Has Arizona Poised for Big March

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

Super-Frosh Parker, Gordon to Meet in NIT Championship as Duke Meets Arizona

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 to Arizona

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 to Arizona

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

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