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FEATURED CLASS OF 2017 ARIZONA WILDCATS TARGET
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AAU TEAM: Cal Supreme
OVERALL CLASS OF 2017 RANKING:
Scout: No. 7 (No. 4 center)
Rivals: No. 9 (No. 4)
247Sports: No. 8 (No. 4)
ESPN: No. 6 (No. 4)
OTHER TOP CHALLENGERS FOR McCOY: Cal, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland and UCLA.
SCOUTING REPORT: From Scout.com — Brandon McCoy is one of 2017’s top defensive prospects. He has good size for position at about 7-feet and plays hard, tough, aggressive basketball, especially on the defensive end. He prides himself as a rim protector and overall strong man defender. He’s coming along offensively and as his mobility has improved, he’s made progress with his post moves and touch around the basket. He’s moving in the direction of elite prospect.
HOW HE FIGURES IN AT ARIZONA: A five-star talent, McCoy will strengthen Arizona’s frontcourt, which has talent, albeit raw, at the center and power forward positions entering the upcoming 2016-17 season. Post players Chance Comanche and Dusan Ristic played supporting roles behind Kaleb Tarczewski and Ryan Anderson last season. Nobody knows of the potential of incoming freshman Lauri Markkanen from Finland at the NCAA Division I level. Comanche, Ristic and Markkanen (who is more of a stretch-power forward), with the addition of McCoy in the 2017-18 season, would give Arizona one of the best frontcourts in the nation. Incoming Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College transfer Keanu Pinder has been listed by some as a power forward, but he is more of a combo-forward who will get most minutes at small forward because of his 6’8″ and 195-pound frame.
BACKGROUND: McCoy has already unofficially visited Arizona’s campus twice, on June 11 and last October for the Red-Blue Game. He is the AAU “Twin Towers” teammate of Phoenix Hillcrest Academy 7-foot center DeAndre Ayton, the consensus No. 1-rated talent in the country who claims that Arizona is one of his favorites. … It should be noted that 247Sports.com does not list Arizona as one of McCoy’s top five choices and that the Wildcats are “cool”, not “warm”, in relation to his recruiting scenario. … Scout.com, however, quoted McCoy as saying, “Arizona loves me,” in a recent published report.
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon.