Angel Nunez, a Class of 2011 wing recruit from Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), communicated to me Monday that Arizona is among his finalists, although much of the focus for the Wildcat coaching staff has been on these guards for the class: Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep’s Nick Johnson, Mesa High School’s Jahii Carson, Sacramento High School’s Josiah Turner and Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy’s Quinn Cook.
Zagsblog.com reported Monday that Nunez, a New York City prospect who once told me that UA assistant coach Book Richardson is like an uncle to him, has Arizona among his final 10 schools. His list: Arizona, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Providence, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Miami and Florida.
St. John’s and new coach Steve Lavin is an interesting omission inasmuch as the Red Storm have offered Nunez a scholarship along with Arizona, Connecticut and Louisville, to name a few.
I sent a message to Nunez, rated the No. 26 small forward in the country by Rivals.com, asking if he has determined which schools he will officially visit.
“I will official (visit) Arizona and some (others) but Arizona is my favorite now than Florida and Miami,” Nunez replied.
When asked when he will officially visit the UA campus, Nunez said: “I don’t know really. I’m going to official to the school I commit to.”
Per NCAA rules, Arizona’s coaches are not allowed to discuss Nunez in particular until he signs a national letter of intent. Nunez unofficially visited the Arizona campus in March with his mentor Eric Martinez. At that time, according to media reports, Nunez said he favored the Wildcats. He has always maintained that respect for the UA basketball program mostly because of Richardson, who once directed the AAU New York Gauchos, which Nunez participated with early in the summer.
His recruitment at Arizona has fallen behind the headlines of the aforementioned guards, namely Johnson and Carson for the most part, although Turner has shown increasing interest.
The New York Post recently reported that Nunez, a slender 6-8 player who likes to handle the ball and shoot from the perimeter, played out of position in the paint with the Gauchos early in the AAU summer season. He switched to the Juice All-Stars for the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando so he could play more on the wing.
The Post article mentions that Nunez “showed his entire repertoire at Fordham (at the NYC Summer Classic on July 30): knocking down long jumpers, finishing in the paint, blocking shots on the defensive end and setting up his teammates for easy shots.”
CLASS OF 2012 RECRUITING NOTE: Seattle Franklin High School point guard Anrio Adams, a coveted Class of 2012 recruit, caused quite a stir on his Facebook page Tuesday night by posting: “I think I’ll look good … in a Louisville uniform!” He later posted that he is close to committing and that Louisville is high on his list. He had this to share about Arizona fans: “I thought Louisville fans was tough. Arizona’s fans are wild …”