Arizona can look back at this week and remember it for bittersweet anger and joy.
Only days ago it was alleged that Pac-12 Conference coordinator of officiating Ed Rush offered $5,000, or a trip to the beautiful Cancun, if referees of the conference tournament gave Arizona head coach Sean Miller a technical foul or threw him out of the game.
Rush has since denied these claims, and Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has told the media that Rush’s comments were in jest, and had no real baring on Arizona’s performance in the Pac-12 tournament.
Coach Miller was given a technical foul for complaining about a double-dribble call against Mark Lyons in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s match up with UCLA. Arizona lost that game, 66-64, and Miller was fined $25,000 for commenting on the call to the media following the game.
Now, however, Arizona and coach Miller can sit back and smile. On Tuesday Arizona announced that No. 4 overall recruit Aaron Gordon has committed to Arizona. Gordon is the No. 2 ranked power forward in the Class of 2013 and declined offers from Kentucky, Washington and Oregon. Earlier this year, I wrote an article chronicling Gordon’s visit to Oregon, thinking that the Ducks were the favorite to snag the San Jose, Calif. native.
During his senior year, Gordon averaged 21.6 points, 15.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. With the departure of standout Solomon Hill this season, Gordon could see substantial playing time next season.
Miller has now added to an already stellar recruiting class which includes McDonald’s All American Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and shooting guard Elliot Pitts. His recruiting ability and charisma on the floor have made him an excellent coach very quickly in the Pac-12.
John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.