Eric Cooper has a perspective on UA basketball recruiting perhaps like nobody else.

Not only did the La Verne (Calif.) Lutheran High School coach spend a year and a half in the mid-1980s playing for Lute Olson, he also coaches high-level youth and high school programs, and happens to have two talented players who are now being highly recruited by none other than Sean Miller.

But that doesn't mean Cooper will be telling his son, 2013 target Eric Cooper Jr. and another of his players, Grant Jerrett, that they have to become Wildcats.

"I try not to because I don't want this to be anything that has to do with me," the elder Cooper said. "I want this to be something they want because they're going to have to live there. I just want them to come see it, know it."

Cooper, who transferred to Texas-San Antonio as a sophomore in 1986-87 but has since re-established a good relationship with Olson, said he spoke with Olson briefly at Sunday's games. The recruits also watched Saturday's UA-Washington football game.

Cooper said he hadn't been back to McKale Center since taking his son and Jerrett to the regular-season finale against USC last season. He said the Red-Blue trip made for a "good weekend."

"I guess now I will be there," Cooper said. "We came when (UA) beat USC, Eric and Grant. They've kind of been rolling together."

They have seen UCLA, USC, UNLV, Cal, Stanford, Duke, North Carolina and others.

By now, Jerrett and Cooper Jr. may have seen enough to make a decision, though Cooper said they aren't necessarily ready to do so.

"They just have to feel comfortable," Cooper said. "It's just a process now. They're reading it, processing it, hearing everybody's ideas. But we haven't sat down and talked about it."


Arizona has a video of the intros and Brendon Lavender's dunk on its website. The dunk is at the 7:20 mark.

If you just want to see the dunk, or if UA's video does not work (I couldn't get it to on my laptop), you can try this YouTube video uploaded by PointGuardU.


Tyler Lamb stood out in UCLA's scrimmage.


So maybe the 2009-10 Pac-10 wasn't all bad: Landry Fields could be starting for the New York Knicks.


Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball