It is now “unofficially” official. Both Elliot Pitts and Rondae Jefferson have signed their Letter of Intent to play for the Arizona Wildcats in the fall of 2013.
Pitts’ signing has been reported by Arizona beat writer Bruce Pascoe, as well as Pitts sent out a picture of himself holding what looks like to be his signed document. Jefferson’s signing has been reported by Arizona recruiting website, PointGuardU, and Matt Chadink, a H.S. sports reporter for the Delco Times in Pennsylvania. Chadink tweeted this out earlier about the signing, while PGU had pictures of the event.
Jefferson, the 17th overall player in his class, is the classic small forward. He is 6’7 and 215 pounds, uber-athletic, and should fill the gap left by the graduating Solomon Hill. Pitts on the other hand may not be as highly ranked, 91st, but will be an invaluable player in the long run. Pitts has the look of a player who will play for four years, contribute, grow and be a force as a senior.
These were the only two players committed at the moment to Arizona, which makes UA 2/2. There is only one player which Arizona is still longing for and that is Aaron Gordon. He is a long time Washington target, but has yet to commit to them, possibly opening up the door for other teams including Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, and Arizona.
However, many feel the race is down to just Arizona and Washington, as Kentucky just brought in another loaded class, Oregon does not have an elite program, and Kansas, well, all I have is why would anyone want to go to college in Kansas compared to the other options.
Arizona fans should feel confident in their ability to land Gordon, as it resembles the Kaleb Tarczewski recruitment. The longer it drags out, the better chance Arizona has, as Washington has been in this from the start and has not been able to lock in their guy. Also remember Washington just lost to Albany, something that does not look good from any angle.
Lastly, congratulations to Sean Miller and his staff for finding players who want to be here and getting them to sign their LOI’s early, so when the spring period comes around, they can go after more athletes.
Update: Rondae Jefferson Instagramed a picture of himself along with “It’s Official #CHAP #Beardown”