Arizona basketball: UA has 3 incoming Cats rated in top 10

2012-04-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T10:54:19Z Arizona basketball: UA has 3 incoming Cats rated in top 10Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 20, 2012 12:00 am  • 

By jumping from No. 15 to No. 9, California big man Grant Jerrett gave Arizona three signees in the top 10 of the final rankings of 2012 high school players.

Now the Wildcats just have to figure out where to put them, since all three are post players. Arizona will also have Kaleb Tarczewski (ranked No. 6) and Brandon Ashley (No. 10), to help replace Jesse Perry inside and give power forward Solomon Hill the option of playing small forward.

"I think those three guys and maybe (sophomore Angelo) Chol are going to split basically 80 minutes" between the center and power forward spots, Scout analyst Evan Daniels said. "It's certainly possible for them to do it."

While Ashley is a natural power forward, Tarczewski and Jerrett appear more likely to play in the center spot. Tarczewski moved up a notch from No. 6 to No. 5 after a strong performance in last week's Jordan Brand Classic, and Jerrett moved up six spots from the last Scout rankings in January.

Jerrett "had a good high school season, and we've had a chance to see him at some of the all-star games," Daniels said. "I'm really impressed with his size and that he can score facing the rim or with his back to the basket. In the last year he's become a little more agile and uses his athleticism."'s spring rankings are not quite as high on the Wildcat signees. The site has Tarczewski rated No. 9, Jerrett No. 15 and Ashley No. 23.

One more player?

The fact that Arizona has not officially announced its spring 2012 additions is a sign the Wildcats may not be done yet, even though they already have six total players in the 2012 class plus walk-on guard Jacob Hazzard.

Schools can hold only one news conference per signing period to announce a class, and the Wildcats still have one remaining scholarship, with which they may offer to a player who can become eligible immediately (players can avoid the required redshirt season if they have graduated or receive a waiver because of a family emergency).

Of UA's two spring additions, T.J. McConnell's financial aid agreement has been returned to UA, according to his father - four-year transfers do not sign letters of intent - while Cochise College coach Jerry Carrillo said forward Matt Korcheck has signed his letter of intent and had his parents sign it from Florida.

"We FedEx'd it to Florida, and they FedEx'd it back to UA," Carrillo said. "Everything was a go."

Almost full squad

UA coach Sean Miller could have almost his entire roster available to play in the Wildcats' Aug. 9-14 exhibition trip to the Bahamas.

Only McConnell will likely miss the trip, since those not eligible to play the following season cannot travel or play in exhibition games. Korcheck is planning to redshirt, but since he does not have to, he can play in the Bahamas.

UA freshmen can also play as long as they have enrolled beforehand. Tarczewski and Ashley will enroll in June, and Jerrett and Orange Lutheran guard Gabe York are scheduled to do so in July.

Bon Voyage Travel is selling travel packages to UA fans seeking to make the trip to the Bahamas. Information is available at

Oral Roberts game set

Arizona's nonconference game next season with Oral Roberts has been set for Dec. 18, after which the Wildcats will leave for the Dec. 22-25 Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.

The Wildcats still have five open spots for the 2012-13 season. As of now, their nonconference schedule includes home games with NAU (Nov. 28) and Florida (Dec. 15) and a game at Clemson (Dec. 8) plus the three-game Diamond Head tournament.

Arizona won't begin Pac-12 play until Jan. 3.

Olson events announced

The charity group headed by former Wildcat Joseph Blair has finalized the May 11-12 Lute Olson Celebrity Auction and Golf Tournament.

The auction will be held May 11 at the Doubletree Reid Park, and the golf tournament will be May 12 at Randolph Golf Course. Tickets are $35 for the auction and $150 for the golf ($500 for a foursome).

More information is available at

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Arizona 8 1 0 0.889 20 2 0 0.909
Utah 6 2 0 0.750 16 4 0 0.800
Stanford 6 2 0 0.750 15 5 0 0.750
Oregon 5 4 0 0.556 15 7 0 0.682
Oregon State 5 4 0 0.556 13 7 0 0.650
Colorado 4 4 0 0.500 11 8 0 0.579
UCLA 4 4 0 0.500 12 9 0 0.571
Washington State 3 5 0 0.375 9 11 0 0.450
Washington 3 5 0 0.375 14 6 0 0.700
Arizona State 3 6 0 0.333 12 11 0 0.522
California 2 6 0 0.250 12 9 0 0.571
USC 1 7 0 0.125 9 11 0 0.450

AP Top 25

Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 68-67
Oregon State at
1/30 34-57
Stanford at
Washington State
1/31 6:00 pm
Colorado at
1/31 8:30 pm
Utah at
2/1 12:30 pm
California at
2/1 1:00 pm
Washington at
2/4 7:00 pm
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