UA basketball: 'Combo' guard part of '12 class

2011-07-12T00:03:00Z 2014-07-08T15:45:12Z UA basketball: 'Combo' guard part of '12 classPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 12, 2011 12:03 am  • 

Even before he committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats, Gabe York texted his friend, who happens to be a top-10 recruit for the 2012 class.

"I've already started talking to Brandon Ashley," he said.

After committing to the UA, York has the time to begin recruiting others - including the uncommitted Northern California power forward Ashley.

York, a 6-foot-2-inch, 170-pound guard from Orange, Calif., joins La Verne, Calif., forward Grant Jerrett in a 2012 class with two more openings to fill.

York visited Tucson the last week of June and met with veterans Kyle Fogg and Kevin Parrom and freshman-to-be Nick Johnson.

"I think the biggest thing, why I committed there, was it just felt right," York said Monday, one day after declaring his intentions. "The facilities were great. The players I know really well. I wouldn't want to go to war with any other guys."

York, ranked No. 33 nationally by, No. 47 by and No. 64 by, chose the UA over finalists Washington and Marquette.

"It's my senior year, and it was time for me to move on" with a decision, he said. "Once I knew, I didn't want to hold the other coaches around."

York averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals this year for the Orange Lutheran Lancers, who had a record of 27-7.

Evan Daniels,'s national recruiting analyst, praised York's ability to shoot long-range jumpers and drive for mid-range baskets.

"He's a guy that can really put up points at a high level," he said. "The biggest thing Sean Miller wants out of him is scoring ability.

"He just knows how to score, knows how to get buckets. The kid can really shoot the basketball, and he can shoot it well past the three-point line."

York said Miller told him he would "play the combo guard" - both point and shooting guard spots. He said the UA ratcheted up the pitch to him after MoMo Jones, who would have played combo guard, announced his transfer in May.

"Once he left, (interest) picked up," York said.

York, who turns 18 in about two weeks, said he fashions his game after Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

"I'm a scoring guard that's really explosive," he said. "I can shoot really well but also attack."

Daniels was impressed by his competitiveness.

"He's kinda short, but he does have a wide array of skills that are impressive," Daniels said. "I've seen the kid play against the best of the best. He doesn't back down."

York liked the fact his family could make a short trip to Tucson to watch him play, and he was impressed by Miller.

"He always keeps his promises," he said.

York visited Tucson when the weather topped 110 degrees - "I actually prefer the heat to the cold," he said - and was wowed by the UA's "ridiculous" facilities. He marveled at the showers and the locker room's surround sound.

Might Ashley be interested in such a pitch?

"I'm not really putting pressure on him like that," York said. "I texted him before I committed, because me and him are really tight."

Daniels said the UA "has really targeted" Ashley, trying to convince him to join an already strong class."

"They're off to a great start - two top 100 prospects," he said. "Sean Miller's really done a terrific job."

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