LAS VEGAS – Some top prospects are hesitant to discuss their potential college choices during the heavy travel-ball month of July.
Not Craig Victor.
“Arizona, of course, I’m loving Arizona right now,” Victor said tonight, after his New Orleans Elite team advanced in the Super 64 tournament. “That might be where I’m headed. I‘m not too sure but it’s looking pretty good over there.”
The 6-foot-7 Victor said he planned to decide shortly after this weekend’s tournaments but also could in a few weeks if he decided to take some recruiting visits first. Victor said he’s also still considering LSU, Kansas, Louisville, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma but has been impressed with UA, which began recruiting him in eighth grade.
“Man, coach (Sean) Miller, his development (of players) and they always keep in touch,” Victor said. “That shows me that he is interested in me.”
Victor, a Top 25 player in the class of 2014, says he will return to Nevada next month to spend his senior season at Findlay Prep. He has played in his hometown at St. Augustine High School, the alma mater of former UA forward Gene Edgerson.
Arizona dished out a late scholarship offer on Thursday, to 2014 San Diego guard Trey Kell, according to his travel-ball coach, Marshawn Cherry.
Cherry also tweeted today that Kell just received an offer from UCLA.
A 6-4 guard from San Diego St. Augustine High School, Kell also has offers from San Diego State, Oregon, Oregon State, Gonzaga, and New Mexico.
Managed to catch Miles Simon, baby in hand, after his California Supreme team escaped a close game with the Arizona Power this afternoon. Simon has four players who have attracted UA’s interest, including Wildcat commit Parker Jackson-Cartwright.
He said the Wildcats should be on players such as Bennie Boatright and Aaron Holiday, two rising juniors.
“Bennie’s one of the best shooters in the country at 6-7," Simon said.
"As soon as he gets stronger, he’s going to be an unbelievable recruit and Aaron Holiday is a scoring machine.”
Now fully healthy, Jackson-Cartwright showed off why UA made him an early priority in 2014: He has played dynamically for the Supreme, setting up teammates all over the court, beating players inside and occasionally hitting a jumper.
No doubt Simon is a fan.
“He can run a team, (opponents) can’t keep him out of the lane, his jump shot is improving and he’s an excellent defender,” Simon said. “He’s a special player. A special player.”
Of the 2015 players, Boatright said he’s planning to visit UA next weekend, while Los Angeles center Chance Comanche said he will visit sometime next month.
A slender 6-10 top 50 player in the class of 2015, Comanche said he’s open in his recruitment and that he’s only taken one unofficial visit so far, to USC, having begun considering the Trojans under new coach Andy Enfield.
Meanwhile, well-rounded big man Stephen Zimmerman of Las Vegas visited Arizona last year but says he’s uncertain of his plan to take unofficials this fall.
“I want to take my time,” Zimmerman said.
Stanley Johnson, a top UA priority in the class of 2014, said he's done playing for Mater Dei's "Big Red" team in the Fab 48 and focusing on the Oakland Soldiers in the Las Vegas Classic.
Johnson played in two games with Big Red, which enters Fab 48 elimination play Saturday.
"I didn't want him to play three games for us and get tired," said Mater Dei coach Gary McKnight, who has lost several key players to their travel-ball clubs off the Big Red roster.
ICYMI, we had a story today on UA's chances with top 2014 prospects Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander of the Mac Irvin Fire travel team.