The Arizona Wildcats’ 2014 basketball recruiting list continues to downsize slightly as the visit season continues.
A scheduled recruiting visit this weekend by San Diego guard Trey Kell was canceled, suggesting that Kell is close to a decision after taking all of his other scheduled visits.
Kell, as well as his high school and travel-ball coaches, did not respond to messages this week from the Star, but Marshawn Cherry, Kell’s travel coach, told the Scout.com recruiting service’s Josh Gershon that the UA visit was canceled.
In addition, San Diego Union-Tribune’s Mark Zeigler tweeted that Kell’s decision is now down to San Diego State, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Gonzaga.
Rated No. 100 in the class of 2014 by ESPNU, Kell was a late target for the Wildcats, who offered him a scholarship during the last week of the July evaluation period. UA coach Sean Miller is known to offer particularly strong targets much earlier in their high school careers, though he said last month that there is often reason to pursue late-developing talents.
“For every young player you recruit at an earlier stage, there are many who start late and bloom late,” Miller said during his end-of-summer news conference. “The other part is when you make a decision on one you always have those diamonds in the rough that tend to develop late, and you can’t recruit them because you’ve already committed to another prospect.
“I do think there’s a balance right now of what’s going on. If you go early and recruit somebody at an early age, they have to be multitalented and very much mature.”
While Arizona hosted five-star prospects Cliff Alexander and Stanley Johnson last weekend, a scheduled visit from four-star forward Paul White was canceled a week earlier — and White subsequently committed to the Georgetown Hoyas.
Meanwhile, among other current UA targets, Houston wing Justise Winslow is scheduled to visit Florida, and Oregon forward Kameron Chatman is expected to visit USC.
Havin’ fun in NYC
Miller spent Friday at the Brayden Carr coaches clinic at Fairleigh Dickinson, which benefits a foundation established by Rhode Island assistant Jim Carr after his 2ƒ-year-old son passed away.
Upon flying into New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Friday morning, Miller said on Twitter he was greeted with two “Bear Downs.” Then, on the way back, his Twitter page indicated he took a playful approach to a fan mistaking him for UA football coach Rich Rodriguez.
“Boarding flight in NYC & a guy says, ‘Coach I love your style! I was a huge fan of yours at West Virginia. That spread option you started is unstoppable. What brings you out here?’ ” Miller’s Twitter page said. “My response, ‘Coach (Chip) Kelly of the Eagles flew me out here to get his offense back on track!’ ”
Miller’s Twitter page concluded by saying “Sorry coach (Rodriguez), I couldn’t resist.”
UA impresses Turner
The Wildcats will likely get a chance to host five-star center Myles Turner during this season, after the coaching staff made an in-home recruiting visit on Wednesday night, Turner’s father said.
David Turner told the Star that his family was impressed after Miller visited with assistants Joe Pasternack and Damon Stoudamire at their home in Bedford, Texas.
Miller “let us know what he expects of his players and how Myles fits into those plans,” David Turner said. “More than likely we’ll take a visit. He showed us a lot of pictures of the campus and it looks beautiful.”
David Turner said his son is seeking both the ability to pursue a line of study involving counseling psychology, as well as a coach who allows big men the versatility to pick and pop.
Myles Turner is still considering eight schools, including Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas. He has yet to take an official visit, but David Turner said he wants to take them all during the basketball season.
Chandler to wait
Junior college big man Michael Chandler is expecting the UA coaching staff to visit sometime this fall but is not likely to make a decision until the spring, according to Steve DeMeo, Chandler’s coach at Northwest Florida State College.
DeMeo said the sophomore center, who has previously committed to Louisville, Xavier and Central Florida, decided to focus on academics before getting fully involved in the recruitment process, especially since junior college transfers are now required to carry a 2.5 grade-point average to stay eligible.
“I know that Arizona is interested in him, and he likes Arizona as well,” DeMeo said. “A lot of guys instead of visiting schools this fall want to wait. There’s no question Michael can get his degree and the 2.5, but he wants to focus on that.”