- Joel Francisco
With the new ESPN 100 player rankings out, and as the 2014 basketball recruiting cycle picks up heading into the July evaluation periods, here's a look at how each team in the Pac-12 is shaping up in the 2014 recruiting class. Team-by-team recruiting capsules for the Big Ten and Big 12 are already out, while ACC (Thursday), SEC (Friday), AAC (next Monday) and Big East (next Tuesday) will be coming in subsequent days.
Note: Teams are as of conference alignment for the 2013-14 season.
Who they have: This winter, Sean Miller snagged an early commitment from ESPN 100 point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright. Although he doesn't possess ideal size at about 5-foot-7, Jackson-Cartwright is a quintessential point guard who is one of the more gifted facilitators in the country.
Who they want: The players on Arizona's wish list are a who's who of ESPN 100 prospects, including center Jahlil Okafor, small forward Stanley Johnson, power forward Craig Victor, center Myles Turner, shooting guard Justise Winslow, power forward Leron Black, center Payton Dastrup, power forward Brekkott Chapman, shooting guard Namon Wright, center Thomas Welsh and power forward Zylan Cheatham. The Wildcats could have up to six scholarships available for this recruiting cycle.
Storyline to watch: Miller and his staff have been a recruiting juggernaut the past couple of seasons, and it doesn't appear to be slowing down. They will need that recruiting prowess in the 2014 class due to the fact that they may lose Aaron Gordon, Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski and Nick Johnson to the draft after next season.
Bold prediction: The Wildcats will snag the best one-two punch in the conference when they land both Johnson and Victor.
Overall recruiting trend: Up. There are no signs pointing to a decline in the wave of recruiting momentum Miller has established in Tucson. Out of all the programs in the Pac-12, there is no doubt the Wildcats' roster is the most chock full of talent and there is no reason to believe that won't continue.