AAU Basketball is in full swing now and college coaches are looking for new talent to pop up. Arizona now has their coaches in order and are ready to get after the recruiting game. A name emerging as a high prospect for the cats is another ESPN top 60 kid. 2014 small forward Paul White is getting a bunch of attention not only from the Arizona program, but from many elite programs around the nation.
This Chicago native is a 6′-8″ forward who has the skill set a lot like ex-Wildcat Derrick Williams. I think the coaches see these same attributes in White as well. He is very crafty in the post and can score multiple ways. His mid range game is decent, but once you get him into that 20-foot range his shot is not consistent. He is good at putting his head down and getting to the hoop and drawing contact. He can also pass the ball well out from the wing and from the post, especially when he gets double teamed. If he can get stronger and work on his outside jump shot this young man will look a lot like Derrick did in an Arizona uniform. It is easy to see why so many programs love his skill set and have offered him a position in their program.
Another Chicago native making a scene on the circuit is 2015 shooting guard Charles Matthews. Arizona coaches have taken note of him as he turned some heads at the recent Nike EYBL event in Dallas. At 6′-5″ he is a very long and athletic versatile wing who can play both the shooting guard and small forward position. His lateral quickness is explosive and shows as he makes great cuts to the rim for easy buckets. His length and athleticism also makes him a very good on ball defender with his long arms and awareness. Arizona will look to beat out plenty of top programs to land this young man and have already started off on the right foot by creating a relationship early.