Arizona’s recruitment of Vargas reportedly stalledby Javier Morales on May. 10, 2010, under Sports
Josh Gershon of GOAZCATS.com reported this morning in a discussion thread on its Web site that “it’s becoming increasingly less likely that Arizona pushes for Vargas and brings him in for a visit.”
Vargas, a 6-11 forward who was slated to visit Arizona on May 14-15, is visiting Seattle University today and tomorrow. The former Florida player was being recruited by Arizona coach Sean Miller and assistant coach Book Richardson for more than a month.
Miller and Richardson performed an in-home visit with him on April 17. At that time, Vargas’ AAU coach Kenny Gillion said to me that “Vargas is certainly very interested in Arizona; otherwise, he would have told them thanks but no thanks at the end of the visit.”
Attempts to reach Vargas and Gillion were unsuccessful, and the UA coaching staff can not comment on unsigned players.
Arizona has an open scholarship for the 2010-11 season, which Miller can now save for the Class of 2011. That would provide Miller with two scholarships for that class — one also provided by Jamelle Horne exhausting his eligibility.
Arizona has a verbal commitment from Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict’s forward Sidiki Johnson for the Class of 2011. The Wildcats are also pursuing Winchendon (Mass.) Prep wing Angel Nunez, Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep guard Nick Johnson, and Mesa High School guard Jahii Carson for that class as well.
Richardson, key to the recruitment of Johnson and Nunez, reportedly will decide by tomorrow between staying at Arizona or becoming an assistant coach at Rutgers, according to Zagslog.com. If Richardson leaves, that could make Miller have to reset his recruiting focus unless he brings in another Easterner with AAU ties.
In other news, UA’s director of basketball operations Jamall Walker has left after one season to rejoin the Ohio University coaching staff.