LAS VEGAS – When Arizona coach Sean Miller received his first in-state recruiting commitment, from Phoenix’s Daniel Bejarano in October 2009, it was a relatively rushed affair just after the shooting guard backed off a commitment to Texas.
It didn’t work out too well, either, with Bejarano playing sparingly at UA as a freshman before transferring to Colorado State.
But Bejarano’s mentor, Ray Arvizu, said that recruitment was nobody’s fault – saying Bejarano had decided to stay in state after his father died over that summer, severely limiting his options – and that Arizona is not recruiting with a rush anymore.
Arvizu should know. He’s also the coach of the Arizona Stars travel team, with a highly regarded 2014 shooting guard named Dorian Pickens that Arizona is closely eyeing – but has not offered a scholarship to yet.
“I love their approach,” Arvizu said. “They’re not just handing it out to anyone in the state. They’re getting the whole staff to watch them. If you’ve got an in-state kid, you want to make sure it’s successful.”
Read more about Arizona recruiting in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.