Arizona enters Signing Day with the top class in the Pac-12. The Wildcats landed three key players and may not be done yet.
UA began the class early by picking up a commitment from 5-foot-9, 145-pound Los Angeles Loyola point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, a small but talented prospect with as good of a basketball IQ as you'll find in a high school player. He's a quick and shifty guard who can create for others, hit jumpers and floaters and finish with both hands, while he's also a pest defensively.
Another important commitment came from 6-foot-8, 225-pound Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep power forward Craig Victor. One of the top posts in the class, Victor plays with energy on both sides of the court, scoring a lot of points on offensive rebounds. He's a terrific pick and pop guy and will really hurt the defense with his ability to knock down midrange jumpers.
Arizona also went the JUCO route, landing 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard Kadeem Allen from Hutchinson (Kans.). The North Carolina native will give the Wildcats another body in their backcourt next season.
Sean Miller and company may not be done. The Wildcats are considered the favorite for five-star small forward Stanley Johnson, while also in the running for Justise Winslow and Jonah Bolden, with an outside shot at Myles Turner.
Stanford has put together one of the nation's top recruiting classes in 2014. The Cardinal started off with Robert Cartwright, a high basketball IQ and skilled point guard who is one of the nation's top on the ball defenders. Next was rising post Michael Humphrey, a mobile and hard working post from Arizona. The Cardinal have also landed power forward Reid Travis, whose size, strength and skill will make him an extremely productive player at the next level.
UCLA has two commitments so far in 2014, but one of them is a very big one in Kevon Looney, one of the nation's top prospects. Looney is a versatile forward who rebounds, blocks shots, can hit the open jumper or cut to the basket. The Bruins have also landed a commitment from Hungary native Gyorgy Goloman, a 6-foot-9 post.
Other key commitments include Ahmaad Rorie to California, Tra Holder to Arizona State, Dominique Collier to Colorado, Donoven Dorsey to Washington, Brekkott Chapman to Utah and Jordan McLaughlin to USC.
Who could have the biggest impact
The Pac-12's top prospect at this point is Kevon Looney. The 6-foot-8, 210-power forward from Milwaukee Hamilton may have made the surprise of the 2014 recruiting season when he chose the Bruins, and he's a guy that UCLA will count on right away.
The amount of ways that Looney impacts the game makes him a guy who has a very high chance of being successful at the next level. Whether it's rebounding, blocking shots, scoring or competing every play, Looney is just a player you can always count on for production.
|Top Pac 12 Prospects|
|Top Prospect:||Kevon Looney, UCLA|
|Best Scorer:||Tra Holder, Arizona State|
|Best Passer:||Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Arizona|
|Best Shot Blocker:||Kevon Looney, UCLA|
|Best Post Player:|| Reid Travis, Stanford|
|Best Athlete:|| Jordan McLaughlin, USC|
|Best Rebounder:|| Craig Victor, Arizona|
|Best Shooter:||Robert Cartwright, Stanford|
Given UCLA's need for post depth and Looney's natural talent, he's going to step right in as a freshman and give the Bruins a lot of quality minutes from day one.
How did the Pac-12 Stack Up?
The Pac-12 is still hoping for some quality players who are still on the board, but overall there is a good amount of talent headed out west in 2014.
There are two five-stars committed to Pac-12 schools in Craig Victor and Kevon Looney, while 11 four-star prospects and 12 three-stars on their way to the West Coast.
Overall, the Pac-12's incoming class ranks 5th nationally.
* Josh Gershon and Brian Snow contributed to this report.