ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Cats await visits with two noted standouts

2010-09-16T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:46:32Z Cats await visits with two noted standoutsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 16, 2010 12:00 am  • 

After scrambling to put together a face-saving 2009 recruiting class, then working into the spring for the bulk of his 2010 group, Sean Miller appears to be making up recruiting ground again.

The Arizona Wildcats coach is bringing in Sacramento, Calif., guard Josiah Turner for an official visit this weekend, having zeroed in heavily on him this summer. Miller also has lured Top 10 forward LeBryan Nash of Dallas for a visit next weekend just a month after Nash had narrowed his finalists to three Big 12 schools.

In addition, Miller is scheduled to make an in-home visit to San Diego shot-blocking whiz Angelo Chol next week after just opening that door.

"Arizona was not very interested" earlier, said Ollie Goulston, Chol's coach at Hoover High School. "Sean got the job late and his priority was 2010, and because of that, Angelo was not interested in them. He didn't have a good feeling. But Sean kept at it, kept in communication with me, and Angelo decided to look at Arizona."

The Wildcats did get in early on Nash, but that was back when Kevin O'Neill was their head coach in 2007-08. After O'Neill left in May 2008, Nash said, there was no contact until this summer.

But the way Nash describes it, Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson quickly patched things up.

"After the Super 64 (a July recruiting event in Las Vegas), he was like, 'We shoulda been recruiting you and we are interested in you. Are you interested in us?' " Nash said. "I narrowed my list down but I said anybody could come in, and Arizona did."

Another one of the UA's fall recruiting targets, forward Amir Williams of Detroit Country Day, has been on the Wildcats' radar for a while. He played last season with point guard Ray McCallum, whom the UA pursued hard. But ultimately, he chose to play for his father at Detroit Mercy.

"I think he's fairly serious" about Arizona, Country Day coach Kurt Keener said of Williams. "They were in here a lot when they were recruiting Ray and Amir had a chance to meet their staff. He had always told me he wanted to go away for school."

Here's an update on five of the UA's 2011 targets:

• Turner, a 6-foot-3-inch point guard rated in the Top 25 nationally, will join Arizona commit Nic Johnson this weekend in time to watch the UA-Iowa football game. Turner visited UCLA last weekend and has hosted Miller and Kansas coach Bill Self recently at his home.

After this weekend, Turner may visit Oregon in early October and is scheduled to visit Kansas officially for Late Night in the Phog. But he may also not last that long.

"If he finds somewhere he likes, I'm sure he'll commit, as opposed to taking the five visits," said Turner's mother, Doris Ward.

• Nash, rated No. 4 overall in the class of 2011 by Rivals.com, has visited two of his other finalists, Oklahoma State and Baylor, with plans to visit Kansas for its practice-opening Late Night in the Phog celebration on Oct. 15. He said he plans to announce his decision on Oct. 21.

• Williams, a 6-9, 220-pound forward rated No. 73 by Rivals, met with Ohio State coaches on Wednesday and earlier hosted Florida and DePaul. He has not scheduled any official visits, Keener said. "He plans to go through the home-visit period and then narrow it down," Keener said. "He'll start (campus visits) pretty quickly so he can get it done by the end of October and sign in November."

• Also a Top 75 big man, Chol will host Arizona coaches on Sept. 29 and may take an official visit to Tucson during the season, having no plans to sign a letter of intent until the spring. He has visited Alabama officially, is scheduled to be in Kansas for Late Night in the Phog and plans to visit Washington in February, Goulston said.

• Quinn Cook, a top-30 guard at Oak Hill Academy, is scheduled to visit Arizona in the near future. He probably will not, however, visit along with Oak Hill teammate Sidiki Johnson, a UA commit. Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said via text message that Johnson would take his UA visit in October.

On StarNet: Follow the Arizona basketball team as the season nears on Bruce Pascoe's blog at go.azstarnet.com/pascoe

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