Arizona basketball: Four-star wing Elliott Pitts commits to Cats

2012-08-13T00:00:00Z 2014-07-25T12:07:06Z Arizona basketball: Four-star wing Elliott Pitts commits to CatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 13, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Elliott Pitts could have waited until he took recruiting visits to Georgetown, Virginia and Washington this fall, but he wasn't about to do that.

The four-star 2013 wing from Dublin, Calif., also could have waited until Arizona returned from an exhibition trip to the Bahamas this weekend to say he was committing to the Wildcats, but he didn't want to do that, either.

So, knowing his phone call might not quite reach coach Sean Miller on Paradise Island, Pitts dialed anyway. And he connected, becoming the Wildcats' first commitment of the 2013 high school class.

"I knew for a fact that it was a perfect fit," Pitts told the Star by telephone Sunday. "I just felt really comfortable there with the coaching staff and coach Miller.

Pitts said Arizona has recruited him since the spring, saying he initially didn't think UA would recruit him. As it turned out, Pitts became a high enough priority that Miller watched many of Pitts' games during the July evaluation period and spoke with Pitts by telephone repeatedly.

So by the time Pitts took an unofficial visit to Arizona the weekend of Aug. 4-5, watching the Wildcats practice fully in advance of the Bahamas trip, his recruitment was all but over.

"Just by watching their practice I can tell they like each other and that's the type of environment I wanted to be a part of," Pitts said. "I can tell coach Miller loves his players and that was great to see, really. And I think seeing the offense that they run and some of the plays, I can fit in."

Pitts gave himself a week after visiting Arizona to let it sink in, but said his mind never changed - even with tentatively scheduled visits to Washington, Virginia and Georgetown ahead.

"I knew Arizona would be the one for me," Pitts said. "I mean, when I think of Arizona, I just get that feeling that I want to play there."

Robert Jones, Pitts' travel-team coach with the Bay Area Hoosiers, said he knew when Pitts returned last week that if Pitts took his other visits he would still choose Arizona. Jones said Pitts had held good conversations with Miller, discussing the Wildcats' style of play and how Pitts would fit in.

"I think the best part about Arizona is the way they play, that whoever rebounds can kind of push it," Jones said. "So with his decision-making skills and versatility, I can see him playing both (wing and point guard).

"He can really shoot the ball and (because of his size) you have to get up and guard him, which allows him to get in the lane. When he gets in the lane, his pull-up jumper is really good."

Pitts opted to play with his De La Salle High School teammates in the Las Vegas Classic last month, a decision De La Salle assistant coach Mark Noack said was crucial because of Pitts' versatility and "off the charts" basketball IQ. Pitts proved a big factor on and off the ball in helping De La Salle go 3-1 against mostly all-star teams.

Jones also spoke highly of Pitts' court sense.

"I think he could be an extension of coach Miller," Jones said. "He has a great basketball IQ and is super unselfish."

Elliott Pitts

• HS class: 2013

• Position: Combo guard

• Rated: 88 (ESPN), 141 (Rivals), NR (Scout)

• Size: 6-foot-5, 180 pounds

• Hometown: Dublin, Calif.

• High School: De La Salle (Concord, Calif.)

• Travel team: Bay Area Hoosiers

• Also considered: California, Georgetown, Washington, Virginia

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Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 12 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 10 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 10 2 0 0.833
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 8 4 0 0.667
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 8 3 0 0.727
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 8 2 0 0.800
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 7 3 0 0.700
USC 0 0 0 0.000 7 4 0 0.636
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 6 5 0 0.545
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 6 3 0 0.667
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 5 6 0 0.455

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USC at
Boston College
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DePaul at
12/22 68-82
UC-Santa Barbara at
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Wisconsin at
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Tulane at
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Detroit at
Arizona State
12/23 1:00 pm
Stanford at
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