Arizona Wildcats basketball: On rankings, Red-Blue sellout and recruiting

2013-09-16T12:49:00Z 2013-09-16T12:56:47Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: On rankings, Red-Blue sellout and recruitingBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 16, 2013 12:49 pm  • 

The Arizona Wildcats have landed at No. 5 in another preseason basketball publication.

The upcoming 2013-14 edition of Blue Ribbon Yearbook put the Wildcats in the same spot as the Sporting News, which was released earlier this month. Lindy's has Arizona at No. 11 and, while I haven't been able to find Athlon Sports yet, it had the Wildcats also at No. 5 in its early 2013-14 rankings.

Blue Ribbon had only one other Pac-12 team in its Top 25, Colorado at No. 23.

Arizona announced late this morning that the Oct. 12 Red-Blue Game has sold out. The intrasquad scrimmage has sold out the past two seasons but UA says this was the quickest sellout yet.

The event has become more significant for Arizona under Sean Miller, who usually invites multiple key recruits to attend.

“There isn’t a better way to show past, current and future members of our program how much Arizona basketball means to its fans than packing 14,545 into McKale for a great day of basketball on October 12," Miller said in UA's release.

After visiting Arizona this weekend, 2014 target Stanley Johnson cut his list to five schools: UA, USC, Kentucky, Oregon and Florida. He has eliminated UCLA and Kansas.

Dave Telep says Arizona has expressed interest in 2014 point guard JaQuan Lyle, who decommitted from Louisville.

Maybe even Cliff Alexander is interested in playing with Lyle, the way Adam Zagoria translates Alexander's latest tweets.

Kameron Chatman had fun at Oregon. And Justise Winslow channeled his inner Corso at College Station.

Well, that was quick: A week after canceling a planned visit to Arizona, Paul White committed to Georgetown.

Kyle Anderson's dad says the versatile UCLA forward will probably move on to the NBA after this season.

Tubby Smith says he's not ready to stop coaching. (Texas Tech will play at UA on Dec. 3).

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