Arizona notebook: Cats' 7-footer clears the glass

Arizona center Kaleb Tarczewski dunks against Texas Tech on his way to scoring six points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

Rare indeed is the basketball recruiting visit to Arizona that doesn't generate positive feedback from the targeted player or his coach/parents/handlers.

The case of Aaron Gordon appears to be no exception.

"He said he had a great time," said Tim Kennedy, Gordon's coach at San Jose Archbishop Mitty High School. "He enjoyed the trip and getting to know the guys."

While Arizona may have helped itself by hosting Gordon for the Red-Blue weekend, there's no telling yet how much. The powerful forward is still expected to take his final visit to Kentucky, probably the weekend of Nov. 9, Kennedy said.

Gordon has already visited Washington, Oregon, Kansas and UA, and Kennedy said those four and Kentucky are still under consideration.

"I think he’s pretty open," Kennedy said. "Each trip he gets a new experience and it kind of opens his eyes."

Gordon is expected to make his decision in the spring.


Arizona is the only Pac-12 team on Jon Wilner's AP Top 25 ballot, and he's got them at 16. 


Washington will open up exhibition play against Western Washington tonight in Seattle.


Catching up on a few older notes:

Sean Rooks' son, Kameron, said he has offers from ASU and Washington.

ESPN's Joel Francisco rates Grant Jerrett as one of the Pac-12's top five incoming recruits and Rondae Jefferson as one of the top five 2013 recruits.

Miles Simon picks Solomon Hill to win a close Pac-12 player of the year race (ESPN Insider subscription may be required).

Legendary former Las Vegas high school coach Al La Rocque said he "can't tell you how impressed" he is with protege Jack Murphy, the former UA staffer and current NAU head coach who hired La Rocque as an assistant.

UCLA's David Wear may be back next week.


And here's a transcript of our UA hoops chat from Tuesday if anyone missed it and is interested...

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball