UA's top recruiting pipeline is to ... Oakland?

2010-09-24T00:17:00Z 2010-09-24T01:01:53Z UA's top recruiting pipeline is to ... Oakland?Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

If the Drew Gooden/Oakland Soldiers are any indication, Arizona is starting to re-establish some West Coast recruiting ties under Sean Miller.

Not only did the Wildcats pull in Soldiers players Nick Johnson of Gilbert and Josiah Turner of Sacramento, but they appear to have an early lead on 2012 Soldiers forward Brandon Ashley of the East Bay (Dublin, Calif).

Soldiers coach Derrick Artis said Thursday that Ashley appears to favor Arizona at this point, though he will not likely make any decision until at least next summer. That  leaves programs such as Kentucky, North Carolina plenty of  time to gain ground, while Ashley also has some other Pac-10 interest.

"He likes Washington, they've been on him, and UCLA," Artis said. "But he said Arizona is his favorite right now."

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Here's a reposting of the link about ESPNU's recruiting class ranking: It has Arizona third behind Kentucky and North Carolina so far. However, a lot could change since other elite recruits are still on the board and Arizona is likely finished.

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The latest drama in Eugene: Dana Altman has added a point guard, but the Ducks could be in APR trouble down the road with all of the departures and academic problems they are having.

APRs are the rolling four-year "batting averages" that can cost scholarships if you fall below a .925 average. Each player can score a maximum of four points per year, one each semester for academic eligibility and one each semester for staying with the program -- though transfers to Division I programs don't cost a point if they leave with a 2.6 GPA. 

Arizona's basketball APR has remained in safe territory despite all the transition during the end of the Lute Olson era.

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Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman says the Big 12 should "kick the tires" of Arizona and ASU, among other things, to stay relevant.

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Fendi Onobun says he has a "great opportunity" to play Sunday. (His comments are at the end of the story).

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ASU will host basketball recruits Josh Oglesby and Jordan Tolbert this weekend.

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The ubiquitous Miles Simon is working a camp in Rio, of all places.

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Gary Parrish says it's important for college basketball recruiters to learn when to cut their losses early.

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Lorenzo Romar reflects on the Huskies' unsuccessful trip to Arizona last season.

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Completely off topic, but the Denver Post's Woody Paige has a riveting column related to Kenny McKinley's death.

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Portland and Steve C have some painstakingly detailed analysis of how the Pac-10 basketball schedule might break down on the previous discussion thread. (Steve -- I'm pretty sure Greg Byrne will see it, since he reads just about everything, and I'll talk with him about these possibilities.)

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