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‘Tis the season for recruiting evaluations for prospects the Arizona Wildcats basketball program and many others are chasing.
One of the major early events was the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, N.C., this week. It is a quiet period for coaches, which means they can not directly observe the recruits play. They can e-mail or call a recruit, or have him visit the campus unofficially.
Scout.com reported last week four top Class of 2016 and 2017 prospects for Arizona who took part in the camp. They include Highland (Utah) Lone Peak point guard Frank Jackson, Westtown (Pa.) center Mohamed Bamba and Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha shooting guard Markelle Fultz and his teammate, wing player D.J. Harvey. Note: One-time ASU commit Brendan Bailey,a 6’7″ Class of 2016 small forward from American Fork (Utah) High School, is listed among Arizona hopefuls in the article but the Wildcats are not shown among Bailey’s schools of interest.
Although many of the college coaches know all about the tendencies and skills of these players and others, they are afforded the opportunity of three evaluation periods in July. It is an opportunity for coaches to be seen by the prospects, symbolizing their interest.
The evaluation periods run from July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 22-25.
Arizona coach Sean Miller will return from the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Greece just in time for the July evaluation period. That event runs from Saturday through July 5.
After July, Miller and his staff prep for unofficial campus visits leading up to the start of the school year. Then comes in-home visits and official tours of Arizona’s campus followed by the beginning of informal workouts. Practice starts in late September. Miller’s job never ends.
The following slideshow displays updates of each of four Arizona targets at the NBPA Top 100 Camp this weekend.
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