ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 24: Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats gestures from the sidelines against the Duke Blue Devils during the west regional semifinal of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Honda Center on March 24, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Arizona Wildcats Land Monster Recruiting Class, Looking Towards Future

A complete rundown of Arizona's and ASU's basketball recruits for 2012 and beyond.

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Arizona Wins: Kaleb Tarczewski Chooses Wildcats Over Kansas Jayhawks

Arizona got their man.

According to CBS Sportsline, Claremont, New Hampshire native and top recruit Kaleb Tarczewski has chosen to play for Sean Miller and the Wildcats over the Kansas Jayhawks, whom many had as the front runner for his services.

Tarczewski, a 7-foot big man, took his time with the process, eventually deciding to head all the way across the country to continue his basketball and educational pursuits.

The likes of North Carolina and Kentucky were also after Tarczewski but Arizona won out and adds him a Class of 2012 recruiting class - that includes Brandon Ashley, Grant Jarrett and Gabe York - which could put Arizona back among the elite programs in the country where it was once a mainstay. All but York could play in the McDonald's All-American game, turning the game into a public showcase of what Miller is trying to build in the desert.

It won't happen over night, but these four young players are a good start.


Kaleb Tarczewski Visits Kansas Jayhawks, Arizona Wildcats Up Next

It appears Kaleb Tarczewski, the heralded seven-foot center out of New Hampshire, is close to making a final decision on which school he will attend in 2012. 

Zeus, as his teammates and friends call him, was once believed to be a heavy Kansas-lean, but schools such as Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky entered the picture late and kept Tarczewski from making a final decision. While many rumors have circled the message boards in recent months, the nation's No. 2 ranked center has narrowed his list to Kansas and Arizona.

Tarczewski visited the Jayhawks last weekend for Late Night In The Phog and had a great time, according to recruiting expert Adam Zagoria. Despite it being his fifth visit to Lawrence, the talented big man did not commit and is now preparing for his official visit to Arizona. He unofficially visited Tucson two months ago and came away very impressed.

Many believed Zeus would arrive in Tucson on Friday, but recent reports have indicated he will begin his visit a day early and take in the Arizona football game against UCLA on Thursday night.

While this may be concerning to some UA fans -- hey, the football team isn't exactly the pride of the school right now -- the crowd should be rowdy seeing as Arizona can actually beat UCLA and it will be the first game without Mike Stoops on the sidelines. 

Tarczewski is expected to remain in town throughout the weekend, with the main event being Arizona's Red-Blue Game on Saturday afternoon. 11,000 tickets have already been sold for the event and former Wildcat greats such as Jason Terry, Channing Frye and Derrick Williams will all be in attendance.

Anyone who has followed this recruitment closely knows making predictions seems foolish at this point, but ask yourself this:  Tarczewski has been recruited by Bill Self for years and just visited Lawrence for the fifth time without committing.  He gave Sean Miller and the Wildcats his final official visit and is arriving early to check out a pretty meaningless football game. Which school appears to have all the momentum at this point?


SB Nation Arizona will have full coverage of UA athletics throughout the season. If you're looking for even more news, check out AZ Desert Swarm.


Brandon Ashley Top 4: Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA

Brandon Ashley is getting situated at the basketball factory school of Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. But he might be committing long before he gets a chance to play with them. Ashley had situated a top 7 a few weeks ago, and now he's trimmed that list even further.

Ashley told Ryan Greene of the Las Vegas Sun his final four schools.

  • Arizona Wildcats: Long considered the favorites. Sean Miller identified the Bay Area early in the recruiting process, and Ashley is perhaps the most coveted of all those players. He would give Arizona an instant impact big who could dominate the Pac-12 for a year or two, like Derrick Williams did last season.
  • Kentucky Wildcats: Never count out John Calipari. Although his speciality is with sending point guards to the league, Calipari can point to DeMarcus Cousins as well as a big man talent that he's brought up to the next level. It's really tempting to play for Kentucky, even if the competition for playing time would be fiercer.
  • Oregon Ducks: They're a wild card in this race, but Ashley seems interested at the thought of rebuilding the program and becoming the anchor for a new age of Oregon basketball. Don't count them out.
  • UCLA Bruins: Surprisingly, UCLA might be the dark horse in this race. Ashley does seem deferential toward the Bruins, but they are not mentioned as much as the first three teams. But they're on the final cut, so they're not out of it yet.

For more on recruiting, check out our various SB Nation college sites: Arizona Desert Swarm (Arizona), A Sea of Blue (Kentucky), Addicted to Quack (Oregon), and Bruins Nation (UCLA)


ASU Basketball Roster: Bo Barnes Transfers From Hawaii To Sun Devils

Bo Barnes is a product of Phoenix, and apparently even the sunny confines of the Hawaiian islands weren't enough to tempt Barnes away from deciding to come back to his home state. Barnes decided to transfer to the Arizona St. Sun Devils and Herb Sendek's squad. Per NCAA transfer rules he will sit out the 2011-12 season but but eligible for the subsequent season. 

There isn't much on Barnes to go by when it comes to scouting reports--he averaged a respectable 7 points per game as a true freshman, played all 32 games (only two players who could claim that feat for ASU), but most noticeably shot 38.8 percent from downtown and knocked down the most threes as a frosh in Hawaii basketball history. In his limited minutes, he was also pretty good at not turning the ball over, but it looks like Barnes was brought on the floor to shoot the ball, so his ball-handling was not a big deal.

As you can probably guess by now, Barnes's speciality appears to be shooting.

(via scaball24)


Could Herb Sendek have found his replacement for Rihards Kuksiks?

For more on ASU basketball recruiting, House of Sparky is where to turn to.


Arizona Wildcats Recruiting: Gabe York Commits, Will Bring Scoring Mentality To Tucson

Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats received some big news on Sunday afternoon. With multiple AAU tournaments taking place across the country, Gabe York, a combo guard from the class of 2012, gave his pledge to become a Wildcat. 

Here is what the talented soon-to-be senior told CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello:

"I felt in my heart that it was the right choice."

"I know I work harder than anyone there, so I'm very confident in what I can do there."

And ESPN's recruiting expert Paul Biancardi had this to say regarding York:

Word is out about Gabe York going to ZONA. Just watched him drop 46 big ones on Indy Elite . A prolific SPG. Eddie House /Dana Barros type!

He projects to play the 2-guard in college, though he has been working on his ball handling and passing this summer. Flexibility in the backcourt is always beneficial and he'll bring that to the Wildcats. York, who comes in at 6'2 and 185 pounds, is the second commit for the class and joins big man Grant Jerrett in a class that's shaping up to be among the best in the nation.

As for the upcoming months, Sean Miller and his staff will now turn their full attention to Brandon Ashley. If they can land the talented big man (and I have a great source saying they will), there's a chance the staff could turn their focus towards scouting the 2013 class. It has been reported that Miller would take a fourth commit should one of a select group of players want to play for the Wildcats, but it will be a big challenge convincing one (more) of the nation's elite to bring his talents to Tucson.

Stay tuned...


ASU Sun Devils Basketball Recruiting: 2012 Brings PF Eric Jacobsen

Arizona State hasn't had a legitimate power forward since Jeff Pendergraph graduated in 2008-09. They survived in 2009-10 with center Eric Boateng, but 2010-11 was a disaster for coach Herb Sendek in terms of big men on campus.

Perhaps that is why the commitment of Eric Jacobsen is such a pleasant surprise for Sun Devils fans. A product of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Jacobsen is 6'8" and 215 pounds. His frame is good for Division I basketball, and ESPN thinks this is a good find for the Sun Devils and Sendek:

"Eric is a good looking prospect," said ESPN Recruiting Coordinator Joel Francisco. "He's got a great frame and a high basketball I.Q. His length and shooting touch should warrant early playing time for the Sun Devils."

There are also several recruits considering the Sun Devils in 2012. Depending on where you look, there's a lot of different information. According to 247 Sports, Mater Dei (CA) shooting guard Katin Reinhardt has the Sun Devils very high on his list. At 6'5" and 190 pounds, he's a tall, lanky guard that played with ASU sophomore Keala King in high school.

Should King be able to convince the highly rated Reinhardt to attend school in Tempe, the guard position for Sendek would be in great hands with both King and Reinhardt complementing Jahii Carson for the next few years.

Other high-end recruits:

Shabazz Muhammad, SF: Muhammad is based out of Las Vegas and is considering ASU alongside schools like Duke, Kansas, UK and Arizona. Basically, he's a reach but he'd be a dream come true in Tempe. He's a lefty (like James Harden). Here's a video showing his mad skills.

Xavier Johnson, SF: Another product of Mater Dei, he is being hotly pursued by USC and UCLA. While both of those schools have already offered, Johnson has the link with King on his resume.

Ben Carter, PF: Carter visited in April and appeared to like what he saw (probably the dearth of big men, and the likelihood of immediate playtime upon arrival to campus). He's ranked 91 by ESPN.

Calaen Robinson, PG: Out of Corona Del Sol down the street in Tempe, Robinson is also left-handed. The Devils might look to add this PG to back up Carson and push him to be the best he can be. Adding quality prospects to vie for playing time is never a bad thing.

Other possible Devils in 2012 include: Javonte Hawkins, Demarquise Johnson, Demetris Morant, Demetrius Balark.

Expect to see a lot more commitments occur during November, with the next round coming up in March 2012.

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