Is Okafor really serious about Wildcats?

2013-08-09T17:21:00Z 2013-08-10T08:40:48Z Is Okafor really serious about Wildcats?Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 09, 2013 5:21 pm  • 

So how is it that 2014 big man Jahlil Okafor continues to list Arizona, but his father says he intends to play in college with Tyus Jones ... who is not considering Arizona?

"The ultimate goal is for both the boys to play together," Okafor's father, Chukwudi, told ESPNChicago.com. "But they may not find a situation that fits them both. It would be great for them to play together."

Okafor is scheduled to visit Arizona on Oct. 11, according to ESPNChicago.


Goazcats took a stab at predicting the recruiting outcomes for the class of 2014 at Arizona.


Several UA recruiting targets are scheduled to play in the Big Strick Classic on Saturday in New York.


Myles Turner says he won't sign until the spring.


Guard Isaiah Whitehead, who still lists Arizona, says he will decide this fall.


SI's Seth Davis looks at life these days with Josh Pastner, Steve Alford and a few other coaches.


Finally, a tough loss for us this week in Patrick Finley's departure for Chicago. Both he and his wife, Kori (a graphics designer who left the Star for the Chicago Tribune), were two of the best people to work with I've come across. 

Pat has served as a Pac-12 writer, a football/basketball sidebar writer, a seen-and-heard reporter, a columnist, a long-form feature writer, softball beat guy, Sidewinders beat guy, and just about everything else. While Pat did a nice job today of looking back at his remarkably versatile existence at the Star, here's my favorite:

It's an unfazed Pat sitting in the cramped McKale Center media room after an 8:30 p.m. Fox Sports Arizona game, legs crossed, quickly typing in his lap somehow -- while Sean Miller or Solomon Hill or Kyle Fogg is still talking -- and sending in his story well before interviews end, after maybe 12 or 13 minutes of actual writing.

That's tough to do. And Pat did it well. We'll miss him.

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