LAS VEGAS – Some news, quotes and observations after a day of gyms and freeway traffic:
UA commit Parker Jackson-Cartwright is back in full force for Miles Simon’s California Select team, setting up teammates all over the court today in a Las Vegas Classic game at Spring Valley High School.
Jackson missed most of the 2012 summer circuit and his 2012-13 junior season at Loyola High School with ankle injuries, becoming fully healthy only in the past two months.
“I’m feeling really good and playing well,” Jackson-Cartwright said. “I feel confident and that’s how I felt when I came back.”
Stanley Johnson, one of UA’s top 2014 targets, is pulling double duty this weekend, playing all games with the Oakland Soldiers travel club in the Las Vegas Classic and when possible also for Big Red (Mater Dei) in the Fab 48 at Bishop Gorman.
Johnson played in one game for each team today, but was unable to make the Big Red’s second game because it started just as the Soldiers finished one.
“It was just me” deciding to play both, Johnson said.
Damon Stoudamire proved he’s serious about recruiting, staying until the end of Myles Turner’s game at 10:26 p.m. tonight. He and Book Richardson were both on hand until the end.
While Stoudamire, Richardson and UA coach Sean Miller were all in Las Vegas today, Joe Pasternack was in Florida (but was off because of NCAA rules allowing only three coaches per day to recruit). Miller may spend a day this weekend in Orlando, Fla., where Justise Winslow is playing.
Watched parts of two games with Turner today and while I'm not sure how much of a chance UA has for him -- there is family sentiment for the Texas standout to stay near home -- it's obvious why the Wildcats are trying. Turner is a mobile 7-footer who is active (though not overly strong) around the basket, is comfortable facing the basket and is well-spoken and intelligent off it.
Turner has a list of about 25 schools but says he plans to narrow it down after playing in the Adidas Nation event next week.
Does UA really have a chance at either Jahlil Okafor or Cliff Alexander, the five-star big men from Illinois’ Mac Irvin Fire? Okafor indicated the Wildcats do.
“I just love Arizona,” Okafor said. “It’s just an attractive school to me. With (former Wildcat) Derrick Williams, they said he wasn’t even ranked when he got there and he ended up being the No. 2 draft pick so that tells you they can develop players. I definitely want to go somewhere I can be developed.”
Vance Jackson, a 2016 forward playing for Belmont Shore, has already received a scholarship offer from Arizona. Jackson, an athletic 6-foot-7 wing who appears strong for his age, said he’s also received offers from Connecticut and Washington. He said he expects UCLA to offer soon, also.
“I don’t know what I prefer yet,” Jackson said.
Thanks to 90 minutes' worth of weather-related delays en route to Las Vegas this morning, I did not get a chance to see or talk with UA target Craig Victor after his game this morning but hope to on Friday. A 6-7 forward from New Orleans who will play for Findlay Prep next season, Victor is expected to make a decision soon.