Arizona Wildcats basketball: More recruiting intrigue

2013-09-04T12:35:00Z 2013-09-05T12:52:33Z Arizona Wildcats basketball: More recruiting intrigueBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 04, 2013 12:35 pm  • 

The fall recruiting season is in full swing, so it's time to pull out those read-between-the-lines glasses.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago forward Paul White has decided to open up his recruitment and is planning to visit Miami this weekend.

He also does not list Arizona among the other schools that he will definitely visit. Those are now Georgetown, UConn, Minnesota and DePaul. 

(I have not been able to confirm this on the record: My messages to White's high school coach, Tyrone Slaughter, have not been returned and White's travel-ball coach, Terrrence Wilburn, said he hadn't spoken to White in the past two weeks and did not know his visit schedule.)

So, if all that's true, makes you wonder if UA lost interest in White after receiving a commitment from Craig Victor, or if White lost interest in UA for the same reason. (White is a versatile 6-9 forward with the potential to play both forward spots, as Victor hopes to.)

A Georgetown blog, saying White is likely to become a Hoya, speculates exactly that.

In any case, UA is still scheduled to host Stanley Johnson and Cliff Alexander next weekend.


Meanwhile, Johnson moved up to the No. 3 player in the class of 2014, according to Rivals' new rankings.

Among UA's two 2014 commits, Victor is No. 28 and guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright is 57. Several other UA targets have made the top 10 of Rivals' Top 150: Jahlil Okafor (1), Alexander (4), Myles Turner (6) and Justise Winslow (9). 


Channing Frye is optimistic after meeting with doctors during the spring and summer, after a heart condition cost him last season.


Here's a somewhat blunt profile of Damon Stoudamire in this French-language story (you can also view the translated version here). 


WSU lost assistant coach Ben Johnson, a valuable recruiting link to the Cougars' Australian pipeline. 


Colorado coach Tad Boyle still finds himself motivated by a 2011 NCAA tournament snub when making out the Buffs' schedule.


Addressing a couple of comments from previous discussion threads:

-- Valerie wondered if there is video or more detail from last week's mile run. Unfortunately, UA would not offer any other detail other than what was placed on Twitter, and the run was closed to observers (except Solomon Hill anyway)

-- Carolyn is threatening to leave DirecTV once her contract runs out if there continues to be no deal with the Pac-12 Networks. There has been a really interesting dispute between the two sides going on here: Fortified with NFL Sunday Ticket, DirecTV apparently has decided it can financially withstand whatever subscribers it is losing, while the Pac-12 appears willing to lose some exposure by not having the games on DirecTV. 

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