UA basketball: On Rondae's jumper, hate maps and China

2014-08-14T13:53:00Z 2014-08-15T11:58:53Z UA basketball: On Rondae's jumper, hate maps and ChinaBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

With just about everyone basketball-related out of McKale Center for a week or so, here's just some notes and links of possible interest...

Arizona has commitments from three of the top 17 players in the class of 2015, according to Scout.com's new player rankings.

Scout has wing Ray Smith No. 12, guard Allonzo Trier No. 13 and guard Justin Simon No. 17. The Wildcats are expected to land visits with No. 5 Ivan Rabb, No. 14 Stephen Zimmerman and No. 43 Chance Comanche, with No. 11 Carlton Bragg among the other possibilities.


During a summer of hard work on his jumper, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tells SI.com that he's made a "big, big leap" forward.


Tough day for Chinese basketball: USA Basketball's U17 team beat China 113-71 to reach the semifinals of the U17 World Championship (box score here), and the Pac-12's exhibition team took care of the Jiangsu Dragons 85-53. 

UA's Jacob Hazzard did play against Jiangsu after sitting out the Pac-12's opener against the Chinese University All-Stars. He was 0 for 3 from the field.

Box scores for the first two games have been attached to this post. Helps if you can read Chinese, but not required...

Looks like the locals in Shanghai aren't quite sure what to make of DaVonte Lacy, in a Pac-12 photo gallery that includes tour shots and the Dragons game.


So Arizona is the most disliked college basketball team in California, according to this survey-based hate map. SB Nation's Kevin Zimmerman points out that Sean Miller has been raiding the state's top talent, while SI.com's Martin Rickman is pretty sure there's really only one team to put on that map.


Courtside Films posted a summer mix tape of Justin Simon.


Rutgers is among the teams wondering if they'll have a shot at Isaiah Briscoe, now that Arizona has taken Allonzo Trier.

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