Wildcats offer scholarship to Phoenix guard

2012-07-31T09:54:00Z 2012-08-01T08:07:08Z Wildcats offer scholarship to Phoenix guardBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Phoenix Pinnacle High School guard Dorian Pickens was offered a scholarship to Arizona on Monday, according to Ray Arvizu, his travel-ball coach with the Arizona Stars.

The Wildcats were carefully evaluating him through the just-finished July recruiting period, with coach Sean Miller making the decision after watching Pickens recently.

"Arizona has watched him multiple times between school and club ball and Sean came in the last week and a half, and liked what he saw," Arvizu said this morning. "The whole month of July they liked what he had to offer. Dorian has the ability to get his shot off against elite shot-blockers."

Arvizu, however, said Pickens' most impressive statistic is his 4.1 grade-point average.

Pickens has offers from Oregon State, ASU, Boston College, Rice and several other schools so far but Arvizu said Pickens and his family are not planning to narrow their choices down until December.

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Meanwhile, Arizona also offered a scholarship to a high school freshman, Derryck Thornton, Jr., according to Scout and PointGuardU.

(Here's an interview with Thornton from earlier this summer.)

While offers and commitments involving younger players are often subject to great change, it is worth noting that Nic Wise committed to UA as a freshman and Jawann McClellan did so as a sophomore...

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UA target Keith Frazier discusses what he likes about Memphis.

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USC picked up a 2013 combo guard.

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Seth Davis spent some time with Tad Boyle, Ben Howland and Josh Pastner in Las Vegas.

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