Pac-10 teams have kept top talent in region, for now at leastby Javier Morales on Apr. 14, 2010, under Sports
Today is the day that makes coaches think about practice and working in their new pieces that can fit the puzzle of a potential run to an NCAA tournament.
For Arizona coach Sean Miller, today’s beginning of the spring signing period means that he will bolster his guard rotation and his team’s scoring ability on the wing. That’s what Los Angeles Westchester point guard Jordin Mayes and Logan (Ill.) Junior College wing player Jesse Perry will provide Miller and his staff.
The remaining scholarship, after Mayes and Perry sign their national letters of intent, could go to Manhattan (N.Y.) power forward Kadeem Jack, who would fill Arizona’s need for interior athleticism for rebounds and improved defense. Jack will announce his decision April 28.
Some interesting notes of the Class of 2010:
- As noted in a chart below, Pac-10 schools have kept most of the top local talent in the region. However, highly-touted players such as Portland Jefferson teammates Terrence Jones and Terrence Ross could go to Kentucky, Kansas, or Oklahoma, among other schools.
- Oregon, which has yet to hire its head coach, Washington and Washington State do not have a recruit listed among the Rivals.com Top 150 prospects.
- What if Arizona does not land Jack, Baltimore Lake Clifton point guard Josh Selby and Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill guard Doron Lamb? Do the Cats fill their remaining scholarship? Miller hinted during Monday’s press conference that he could save that scholarship for the Class of 2011. Ross is a possibility, although his name is not mentioned often with Arizona. Two other Rivals.com Top 150 prospects who have yet to decide have been recruited by Arizona (by the previous staff of Lute Olson and Russ Pennell) and by Miller and Book Richardson when they were at Xavier.
- These players are Duncanville (Texas) small forward Julian Washburn and Newark (N.J.) NIA Prep small forward Shaquille Thomas. Rivals reports that Arizona has offered Washburn (rated No. 95 overall by Rivals.com) a scholarship, but that is most likely from when Olson coached. Others involved with him include Kansas, Memphis, Oklahoma and Texas. Thomas, rated No. 77 overall by Rivals.com, was offered a scholarship by Richardson when the UA assistant coach was at Xavier. Syracuse and Providence reportedly also are involved.
Rivals.com’s Top 150 players who are considering Pac-10 schools
|PG||*****||6-2||183||Arizona, Kansas, UConn, Kentucky|
|13||Terrence Jones||Portland, Ore.
|F||*****||6-9||220||UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma|
|21||Doron Lamb||Mouth of Wilson, Va.
|G||*****||6-4||175||Arizona, West Virginia, Kansas, Kentucky, UConn, Oklahoma|
|43||Terrence Ross||Portland, Ore.
|SG||****||6-5||180||Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma|
|NR||Kadeem Jack||Manhattan, N.Y.
|PF||***||6-8||210||Arizona, Miami, Arkansas, UConn|
CLASS OF 2010 PAC-10 RECRUITS
Rivals.com’s Top 150 rankings listed
|19||Josh Smith||Covington, Wash.
|23||Dwight Powell||Bradenton, Fla.
|25||Keala King||Compton, Calif.
|41||Tyler Lamb||Santa Ana, Calif.
|62||Anthony Brown||Huntington Beach, Calif.
|72||Gary Franklin||Santa Ana, Calif.
|101||Richard Solomon||Torrance, Calif.
|102||Allen Crabbe||Los Angeles
|106||Jordin Mayes||Los Angeles
|134||Devon Collier||Jersey City, N.J.
|135||Aaron Bright||Bellevue, Wash.
|141||Bryce Jones||Woodland Hills, Calif.
THOSE WHO GOT AWAY
Rivals.com’s Top 150 players who left Pac-10 locales for other schools
|99||James Johnson||Wildomar, Calif.
|114||Joe Harris||Chelan, Wash.
|150||Kyle Fuller||Moreno Valley, Calif.