Arizona notebook: Cats in running for '15 big man

2013-07-27T00:00:00Z Arizona notebook: Cats in running for '15 big manBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

LAS VEGAS - In order to avoid considerable roaming charges, 2015 big man Ivan Rabb kept his phone on airplane mode during a trip to Uruguay last month.

He found out how wise that move was when he returned home.

While Rabb was playing for USA Basketball in the FIBA Americas U16 championship, he crossed over the NCAA line where coaches are allowed unlimited calls and texts to prospects who have finished their sophomore seasons.

And, since Rabb is rated the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by ESPNU, it was probably no surprise that when Rabb did turn the phone fully on upon reaching the United States … it exploded.

"Texas, Cal, Creighton, Louisville, Arizona," Rabb said, rattling off the names of just some of the schools that left messages.

The flood isn't likely to stop anytime soon. The athletic 6-foot-9-inch forward from Oakland's Bishop O'Dowd High School - the first high school of UA sophomore-to-be Brandon Ashley - said he has yet to narrow his list of college choices.

He's spending this weekend playing for the Oakland Soldiers and, well, not worrying about anything else. Yet.

"I'm not focused on it," Rabb said. "I'm just focused on playing and just trying to enjoy what I can."

Pastner philosophical

Just about anywhere he goes on the recruiting circuit, Memphis coach Josh Pastner has a chance of running into former assistant Damon Stoudamire, who left Pastner's staff to take a similar position with the Wildcats in the spring. But Pastner insists the feeling isn't bittersweet.

Pastner has lost assistant coaches after each of the past three seasons, with friend and assistant Jack Murphy heading to NAU, among other moves. But, having hired former UA guard Jason Gardner to join him at Memphis, Pastner said the losses don't bother him.

"I'm gonna lose other guys," Pastner said. "My philosophy is if you hire good people you're going to lose good people. I believe hiring is an art. If we've done anything well at Memphis it's that we've hired good people."

Cats offer scholarship

San Diego guard Trey Kell, a top-100 prospect in the class of 2014, picked up a late scholarship offer from the Wildcats on Thursday.

Marshawn Cherry, the director of Kell's travel-ball team in San Diego, announced the offer on Thursday night via Twitter.

"San Diego Allstars guard Trey Kell has been offered a basketball scholarship by the University of Arizona!!!" his Twitter page read.

Kell, a 6-4 guard from Saint Augustine High School, also has offers from San Diego State, Oregon, Oregon State, Gonzaga and New Mexico.

Visit likely

While the Wildcats are hoping to nail down 2014 big men in the next few months, they also may get to host a top 2015 forward in Bennie Boatright of Mission Hills, Calif.

Boatright said he's tentatively planning to visit Arizona next weekend, having been impressed so far with some of the UA coaching staff and players.

Boatright is one of several UA targets playing for the California Surpreme team coached by former Wildcat star Miles Simon. The Wildcats already have a commitment from Supreme point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright, and guard Aaron Holiday and big man Payton Dastrup have also received UA's attention.

"They should be recruiting those guys," Simon said of Boatright and Holiday. "Bennie's one of the best shooters in the country at 6-7.

"As soon as he gets stronger, he's going to be an unbelievable recruit. And Aaron Holiday is a scoring machine."

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