Arizona basketball: Utah not so bad; Cats need better defense

Utah's Jordan Loveridge, battling with ASU's Carrick Felix on Wednesday, gave Arizona big problems in their first game.

Highly regarded 2013 power forward Aaron Gordon will continue his who's-who of basketball recruiting stops this weekend by taking in Arizona's Red-Blue intrasquad scrimmage.

It may take a long time, however, to find out if he has a really good time.

Tim Kennedy, Gordon's coach at Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., said Gordon plans to visit Kentucky sometime after this weekend and will not make a decision until next spring.

Gordon has already officially visited Oregon and Washington and last weekend visited Kansas for the Jayhawks' Late Night in the Phog preseason event. He has also seen California unofficially, though Kennedy said Gordon's list is pretty much the five schools he is visiting officially.

"He had a good trip to Kansas," Kennedy said. "He's definitely been even-keeled about it, and he's going to wait until spring to make a decision."

Gordon has long been believed to consider Washington among his favorites, in part because Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar has a longtime relationship with his family. Romar has known Gordon's father since high school and also recruited Aaron's older brother, Drew, before he chose UCLA (Drew later transferred to New Mexico).

However, Arizona has developed ties of its own to Gordon, who played for the same Oakland Soldiers travel team that produced current Wildcats Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley. Gordon has already taken an unofficial visit to UA and is seeking to learn more this time, Kennedy said.

"He really enjoyed it" last time, Kennedy said. "He was really impressed with all the facilities. He definitely wants to get a feel for the players and the coaches this time."

Rockets cut Fogg

Former Wildcats guard Kyle Fogg could be headed to the NBA's development league now that the Houston Rockets have released him.

An undrafted free agent, Fogg played in one game for Houston, last Wednesday against Oklahoma City, hitting 1 of 2 three-pointer attempts and collecting two rebounds in about 4 1/2 minutes.

If he opts to play in the D-League, instead of pursuing an overseas deal, Fogg would likely be the property of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the Rockets' D-League affiliate.

If he does join the Vipers, Fogg would be reunited with Matt Brase, an assistant coach at UA during Fogg's freshman season of 2008-09. Brase has been named an assistant coach at Rio Grande Valley after spending last season in the operations department of the Rockets.

Wise out of Italy

Former UA guard Nic Wise has left Italian team Caserta, tweeting that he's rehabbing a torn meniscus and that he tried to play on it too soon. According to Eurobasket, Wise did not pass medical tests but signed with Caserta anyway.

Wise averaged 5.7 points and 1.7 assists over three games with Caserta, shooting 18.8 percent from the field.

Turner seeks fresh start

Former UA point guard Josiah Turner, now affiliated with his fourth team in the past six months, told Metro Halifax (Nova Scotia) that he is "looking for a place to stay out of trouble." He has been working out with the Halifax Rainmen.

Turner struggled on and off the court as a freshman at UA last season and faces a December trial for a charge of extreme DUI in Pima County Justice Court.

"It was my first year in college, and I couldn't control all the girls and the parties and everything that was going on with that," Turner told Metro Halifax. "I was just a young man. … It was little-kid problems."

Rim shots

• Arizona had fewer than 600 tickets remaining for the Red-Blue Game as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a tweet posted by UA coach Sean Miller. "Let's sell out by Wednesday!" Miller said. "Will be a great day in McKale!"

• Former UA center Loren Woods has returned to Al Riyadi of Beirut, where he spent the 2010-11 season.