In recent years, the PAC-12 Conference has struggled to receive respect from the most prized high school basketball prospects and rightfully so. With the recent dominance of Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and UCLA, however, more and more elite athletes are deciding to move out west.
Arizona (23-4, 11-4 PAC-12) made a major move in the development of their 2014 roster with the signing of one of the nation’s best high school point guards, Parker Jackson-Cartwright. The Los Angeles native stands at only 5-foot-8, but has the potential to be an above average college point guard. If Jackson-Cartwright continues to grow, Arizona may have stolen an elite guard.
Wildcats head coach Sean Miller has made a major effort in snagging Los Angeles’ top prospects from the locally popular Bruins, and makes a significant statement for future recruits with the signing of Jackson-Cartwright. The point guard position has been a revolving door for Arizona of late, and Miller appears to have secured his team’s most pressing need for the next four years.
Even without a dominant point guard in the mix, Arizona has found a way to once again become relevant in the PAC-12 Conference. The No. 11 ranked Wildcats are currently tied atop the conference with No. 24 Oregon while the two hold a .5 game lead over third place UCLA. Mark Lyons has been a consistent scoring guard for Arizona since transferring from Xavier, but will graduate following the 2012-13 season.
Jackson-Cartwright may not be able to fill Lyons’ scoring shoes–the senior leads Arizona in scoring with more than 15 points per game–but he is considered one of the most unselfish guards in the Class of 2014.
Miller is also in the hunt for top 2014 forward Craig Victor, who was thoroughly impressed with his visit to Tuscon, Ariz. Victor told Scout.com’s Brian Snow why Miller might nail yet another elite high school prospect.
“I liked the environment,” Victor said. “The fact that there are no pro teams out there, nothing is bigger than Arizona basketball and I like that. The fans are very supportive night in and night out, and I really like what Coach Miller is doing.”