ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Junior college center set to make visit to campus

2010-04-29T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:44:39Z Junior college center set to make visit to campusBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 29, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Kadeem Jack's decision day came and went quietly Wednesday, but Arizona's final 2010 recruiting efforts kept moving.

While the New York big man is now reportedly considering a fifth year of prep school instead of picking a college, the Wildcats lined up Dominican juco center Eloy Vargas for an official recruiting visit May 7-8, according to his traveling team coach, Kenny Gillion.

Vargas, a 6-foot-11-inch, 230-pound center rated No. 37 among junior college players by jucojunction.com, is also planning to visit Seattle University after UA. In addition, Gillion said, Kentucky and many other programs continue to pursue Vargas.

Arizona earned the campus visit two weeks ago, Gillion said, when coach Sean Miller and assistant Book Richardson made an in-home visit to Vargas in Miami.

"His visit with Arizona went really well, and that's why he wants to make sure he goes there," Gillion said. "He likes what Seattle did with (star player) Charles Garcia so he wants to look there, and the Arizona thing is a no-brainer because Arizona is Arizona, and they've got a need for him."

Vargas was Rivals.com's No. 26-rated player nationally in the class of 2008 before he struggled as a freshman at Florida, Gillion said, because of ankle surgery and an English course. Gillion said Vargas knew no English until he moved from the Dominican Republic to Florida after his freshman year in high school but has now become a straight-A student this year at Miami Dade College, where he transferred from Florida.

Arizona has only one scholarship remaining for the class of 2010 as of now.

Jack decision unclear

Jack, meanwhile, declined to return repeated voice and text messages this week, as did his high school coach, Maurice Hicks, and his mentor, Damian Leslie. Jack said after playing in an April 17 regional all-star game in New York that he would make a decision on April 28, but he offered no public indication Wednesday.

However, New York-based Zagsblog.com reported Hicks sent a text message saying Jack "said that he is not making any commitments to college" and is considering prep school.

Kelvin Jefferson, the coach at Connecticut's South Kent School, where UA forward Kevin Parrom spent a season, told Zagsblog that he has "reached out to the family" and would like to have Jack play for South Kent if he chooses the prep school option.

Jack has been considering UA, Connecticut, Arkansas and Miami, and he is not believed to have academic issues, suggesting he might be seeking other offers as a more developed 2011 prospect.

Mesa junior to visit

Jahii Carson, a Mesa High point guard rated No. 99 in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com, plans to visit Arizona unofficially next month, according to Etop Udo-Ema, his traveling team coach.

Carson decommitted from Oregon State but is still considering the Beavers, along with UA, ASU and others, Udo-Ema said.

"Everyone in the country is coming in on him," Udo-Ema said.

Big 12/Pac-10 schedule set

The Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series schedule was announced Wednesday, with the same matchups but different sites as last season. UA will host Oklahoma on Dec. 5.

The other games: Nov. 27, USC at Nebraska; Dec. 2: Missouri at Oregon, UCLA at Kansas, Arizona State at Baylor; Dec. 3: Kansas State at Washington State; Dec. 4: Oregon State at Colorado, California at Iowa State, Texas Tech at Washington; Dec. 5, Texas at USC; and Dec.11, Washington at Texas A&M.

Rim shots

• Transferring UA forward D.J. Shumpert is now considering Toledo and NAU, in addition to several Big West schools and Georgia Southern, said Udo-Ema, also Shumpert's traveling team coach. But Shumpert has not yet made a visit to any school.

• One-time UA commit Mike Moser will transfer from UCLA to UNLV. Moser signed with UCLA after Lute Olson's Oct. 2008 retirement but spent just one season of light duty with the Bruins.

• Former Gilbert Highland 2011 guard Matt Carlino has committed to UCLA and will graduate early in order to be eligible next season. Carlino decommitted from Indiana.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Arizona State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Oregon State 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Arizona 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Colorado 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
Oregon 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Stanford 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
Washington 0 0 0 0.000 2 0 0 1.000
UCLA 0 0 0 0.000 3 0 0 1.000
California 0 0 0 0.000 3 1 0 0.750
Utah 0 0 0 0.000 2 1 0 0.667
USC 0 0 0 0.000 2 2 0 0.500
Washington State 0 0 0 0.000 1 2 0 0.333

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Drexel at
USC
11/21 70-72
UNLV at
Stanford
11/21 60-89
Toledo at
Oregon
11/21 68-78
UC Riverside at
Utah
11/21 42-88
Colorado at
Wyoming
11/22 4:00 pm
Long Beach State at
UCLA
11/23 8:00 pm
Missouri at
Arizona
11/24 3:00 pm
@Arizona State, @Maryland 11/24 5:00 pm
@Oklahoma State, @Oregon State 11/24 6:30 pm
@Michigan, @Oregon 11/24 7:30 pm
Delaware at
Stanford
11/25 9:00 pm
Cal State-Fullerton at
USC
11/25 9:00 pm
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