This past week was very busy for the college coaches having to evaluate prospects at NIke EYBL, Adidas VIP, Pitt Jam Fest, and NY2LA. This will be how the rest of the recruiting period plays out this summer for college coaches; HECTIC. They will all be trying to build relationships with these young kids and families to get an edge on other coaches in hopes of landing a commitment. Arizona coaches were able to split up the evaluating effort this past week between Miller, Book, and Pasternack. Two of the top players Arizona has really been recruiting hard from the 2014 class were both at Nike EYBL.
The first youngster is a familiar face to the current Wildcats as it is yet another stud from the AAU team, the Oakland Soldiers. Stanley Johnson is a 6′-6″ 220 pound small forward from Mater Dei High School. He has been recruited by Miller and Co for quite some time now and it is easy to see why when he plays. He is so big and athletic that he is dominant on the court as the competition is rarely up to his caliber. He is an absolute beast in all aspects of the game, he loves the physical play down low, he takes the ball to the rack with explosiveness, but knows when to settle for his silky smooth jumper. Arizona recently had an in-home visit with Johnson, which hopefully improved their standing with him. This recruitment will likely come down to three players; U of A, Kentucky, and UCLA.
The other stud that Arizona is hard on who was at the Nike EYBL event was another small forward; 6-5 210 pounder Justise Winslow. This Houston native is a quick lefty, who explodes off his first step and is no stranger to finishing around the hoop. He also excels at dribbling, passing and his overall basketball IQ is very exceptional as he sees the court very well, usually making his teammates look better than they really are. Winslow is a high flyer who can throw it down with the best of them. His jump shot is not bad, but it’s not great either. Winslow holds offers from Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, UNC, UCLA, and Florida amongst others.
It should also be noted Sean Miller flew from the Nike EYBL to the Adidas VIP event to watch 6′-7″ power forward Craig Victor then back to the Nike event in less than 24 hours. This New Orleans native is very efficient as a big man down low, but can possibly move into a small forward position in the future. He is a good back to the basket player with great post moves enabling him to get the hoop where he can finish with either hand. He holds offers from Arizona, Florida, Miami, OK State, and UCLA amongst others. If Sean Miller flies to watch you play, it is known you’re a top priority for his program. Time will tell if Victor has the same interest in becoming a wildcat.
Next week I will look at a few 2015 prospects Arizona is keep closing to the vest in hopes of a commitment a couple miles down the road.