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Arizona Wildcats’ Class of 2016 greatest recruiting needs

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As the above video shows, five-star wing player Ray Smith is back strong from his knee injury that sidelined him as a senior last year in Las Vegas.

Sean Miller commented last November during the fall signing period that Smith potentially is the most talented incoming recruit, including the much-publicized Allonzo Trier. If Smith establishes himself as a Freshman of the Year candidate next season in the Pac-12, he could have visions of grandeur for the NBA as a one-and-done player.

Therein lies the greatest need for Sean Miller and his staff: Courting an ultra-talented wing player. The likes of Josh Jackson and Terrance Ferguson fill that need. They are ready for college now but still have another year of high school ahead of them.

Miller’s ability to coach both with Team USA could be valuable because Jackson and Ferguson know what to expect from him. Once the World Championships are completed, the prospects will return to the AAU circuit. Miller will be in the stands observing. The uncertainty that comes with the recruiting process starts over.

[tps_footer] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He has also written articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.[/tps_footer]

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