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UA basketball notes: Arizona pursuing junior-college center

2013-09-08T00:00:00Z 2013-09-14T17:46:13Z UA basketball notes: Arizona pursuing junior-college centerBy Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats have added another name to their chase of post players for 2014.

Michael Chandler, a 6-foot-10-inch, 245-pound center from Indianapolis who was a top 50 player in the class of 2011, is gaining attention from schools again after playing at Northwest Florida State.

According to SNY.tv, Chandler has plans to visit Arizona and Oregon this month and may also consider UCLA before making a decision next month.

“Those two schools are definitely bringing him in for a visit,” Chandler’s father, Allan, said of UA and Oregon to SNY.tv.

“Right now the big fella, his feeling is we’ve done been through this a lot with the recruiting, we done been through it. Right now he doesn’t want to have to go through all this stuff. He’s going to take his visits and then decide where to go.”

Allan Chandler said UA assistant coach Book Richardson has been recruiting Chandler, who previously committed to three different schools — Louisville, Xavier and Central Florida.

Chandler committed as a high school sophomore to Louisville, then committed to Xavier as a senior in October 2010, 18 months after UA coach Sean Miller left the Musketeers.

He pulled out of his Xavier commitment after less than two months and committed to Central Florida in December 2010. Chandler did not finish his senior season at Lawrence North High School, opting to finish his classes online. He then attended a prep school in 2011-12 and played junior college ball last season.

UA is expected to pursue a class of five or six players between the fall and spring signing periods, because it could lose several players early to professional basketball next spring. The Wildcats so far have commitments from point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright and forward Craig Victor.

White off board

Top 60 forward Paul White of Chicago headed to Miami this weekend for an official recruiting visit with the Hurricanes instead of taking a planned visit to Arizona, apparently having dropped off the Wildcats’ radar.

Not only did Arizona receive Victor’s commitment last month but the Wildcats are also pursuing a number of other wings and forwards in the 2014 class.

“Everyone wants to play, and that’s a main concern for me,” White told the Chicago Sun-Times’ City/Suburban Hoops Report last month.

Messages from the Star to White’s high school coach, Tyrone Slaughter, went unanswered and White’s travel-ball coach, Terrence Wilburn, said he did not know White’s plans.

According to the Sun-Times, White is also scheduled to take official visits to Georgetown, Connecticut, DePaul and Minnesota.

Red-Blue tickets selling

A UA official said the school sold about 9,000 tickets in the first week of sales for the Red-Blue Game on Oct. 12, putting the annual intrasquad scrimmage easily on track for a third straight sellout.

Miller has turned the game into an annual preseason celebration for fans and a major recruiting attraction. UA is planning to honor its 1994 Final Four team at this year’s event.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for ages 4 to 17.

Rim shots

• Former UA guard Salim Stoudamire stopped by UA on Thursday for a visit and a workout. Stoudamire played in Venezuela last season.

• UA recruiting target wing Stanley Johnson moved up to No. 3 on Rivals’ updated list of top 2014 prospects. Other UA targets in the top 10 were center Jahlil Okafor (1), forward Cliff Alexander (4), center Myles Turner (6) and wing Justise Winslow (9).

Contact reporter Bruce Pascoe at bpascoe@azstarnet.com or 573-4145. On Twitter: @brucepascoe

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