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Arizona 2015 Rankings Breakdown
Already Arizona has a pair of impressive guard commitments in Justin Simon and Tyler Dorsey. Simon is a combo guard who leans more to being a point guard, and had a modest rise from No. 16 to No. 14 overall in the rankings. Simon continues to improve and show a greater feel for the game combined with his incredible combination of size, length, and athleticism for the position. An improved handle and more consistent jumper could have Simon in the mix for a top 10 ranking when it is all said and done. Dorsey on the other hand fell from No. 10 to No. 25 overall and lost a star and is now regarded as a four-star prospect. After a so-so high school season, Dorsey was given the benefit of the doubt in the last rankings update, but again this spring he didn't live up to the billing of a top 10 prospect. Dorsey is an excellent scorer, but he doesn't handle it well enough to play against pressure and also is too much of a volume guy to remain at the five-star level. He will be given every opportunity to play his way back into the five-star range, and he is still a very good prospect, but he no longer has the look of the early entry NBA, potentially one and done, type of kid that some saw him as roughly a year ago. While Arizona is off to a great start with a pair of highly touted guards, they are also involved with many of the top frontcourt talents in the country. Leading the way is the newly minted No. 3 prospect Ivan Rabb. Rabb was viewed as No. 1 in the last update, and trust me there was a lot of discussion for the top spot now, and Rabb had his support, but an up and down spring (relatively speaking) made the modest two spot drop happen. Rabb is still someone who projects as a very high level performer and has a very good combination of size, skill, and athleticism, though his production didn't quite stack up for him to keep the top spot. Arizona is also involved with four other five-star talents at the center position. No. 8 ranked Stephen Zimmerman, No. 9 ranked Chase Jeter, No. 12 ranked Caleb Swanigan, and newly named five-star prospect and No. 21 overall Chance Comanche. At this point Jeter is considered a major lean to Duke, though he has yet to issue his commitment. He bumped up nearly 10 spots on the strength of an excellent spring. Zimmerman fell three spots to No. 8 due to inconsistent production, though his ability to run the floor, score on the post, and rebound make him a top 10 player. Swanigan moved up from 2016 into 2015, and now is No. 12 overall. He is one of the best low post scorers and rebounders in the class, he just lacks the elite athleticism to crack the top 10. Comanche has always been one of the more talented prospects with upside, and he is looking like he will reach that ceiling. Because of that he rose from No. 27 to No. 21 in the rankings and earned a five-star rating. It will be interesting to see how Comanche stacks up in July, and if he can prove to go even higher in the rankings. Also Arizona is one of the finalists for four-star center Daniel Giddens who dropped from No. 41 to No. 63. Giddens is one of the best athletes in the class for his size and can dominate as a rebounder and shot blocker. Still it is his lack of offense that is holding him back from retaining a spot in the top 50. Aside from the obvious desire to add a center, Arizona is focused on a pair of forwards with huge skill and potential in No. 11 prospect Carlton Bragg and new five-star Ray Smith who is now No. 22 overall. Bragg dropped out of the top 10, but he is still one of the best long term bets in the class. He has long arms, good athleticism, and skill out to 22 feet. He needs to attack more and try to dominate inside where he is actually better, but the potential is there for him to be a star once he gets more experience and enters college. Smith is someone who jumped from No. 29 to No. 22, and has the potential to go even higher. Right now he is not the dominant producer you might like, but at nearly 6-foot-8 with near elite athleticism, long arms, and skill he has the body and athleticism that NBA scouts love and a defined position on the wing. There is no doubt that Smith's best basketball is ahead of him, and he is making tremendous strides as a prospect. Overall Arizona is again in position to have one of the best recruiting classes in the country. With two prospects committed who are ranked in the top 25 overall, and being considered the clubhouse leader for a top five overall prospect in Rabb, Arizona again should be in contention for the top overall class in the country.
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