Alexander considered longshot for Wildcats

2013-09-11T12:42:00Z 2013-09-11T17:31:50Z Alexander considered longshot for WildcatsBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 11, 2013 12:42 pm  • 

So what's the odds Arizona can actually land Top 5 forward Cliff Alexander, who is scheduled to visit Tucson this weekend?

Zero, if you look at the current "Crystal Ball" of 27 predictions put together by 247Sports.

"It's pretty interesting to see how it shifts and changes," 247 analyst Jerry Meyer said, calling Alexander a "long shot" for UA. "Generally, it's right."

Kansas is most commonly thought to be the leader for Alexander but his recruitment has been a bit on the opaque side (check out this amusing take on his situation or the "Cliff questions" on this blog) and he's even had to jump on Twitter to dispel a rumor.

FWIW, Alexander also noted on Twitter that his visit to Arizona "should be fun," and there's also no doubt that it can't hurt UA to bring him in (although the school will be paying for it, since it's an official visit).

Even if Alexander goes elsewhere, the Wildcats still gain the prestige of having hosted another five-star player who will probably speak highly of UA no matter what he does.

Besides, Sean Miller has pulled out other against-the-odds recruiting battles (though with not nearly as slim odds) with guys such as Aaron Gordon, Kaleb Tarczewski and Josiah Turner.


Meanwhile, UA's other visitor this weekend, Stanley Johnson, is picked by 40 percent of voters to go to the Wildcats, according to the Crystal Ball predictions. You may note that voters west of the Mississippi overwhelmingly predict Johnson to UA while those east of the Mississippi say it's UK...


Lute Olson, Miles Simon, Michael Dickerson and Jason Terry are among those expected to attend a charity event for UA's 1997 national championship team at the Fox Theatre on Sept. 27.


Athlon ranks Sean Miller the No. 1 coach in the Pac-12, over Cal's Mike Montgomery.


ESPN's Andy Katz ranks UA's nonconference schedule highly, assuming the Wildcats get two big games in New York (one possibly against Duke).


Michigan (which hosts UA on Dec. 14) will be adjusting to more of a pass-first point guard in Derrick Walton.


Oregon State pulled in a true 2014 point guard in Devin Watson.


And USC beat out UCLA for point guard Jordan McLaughlin, indicating Andy Enfield's efforts to hire well-regarded local recruiters may be paying off. 

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