Arizona Basketball

SIGNING DAY: Arizona Wildcats signees in every sport


EDITOR NOTE: Information for some of this report was provided by the Arizona media relations department. … No news today of one of the men’s basketball recruits, five-star center DeAndre Ayton, signing on the first day of the national letter of intent fall period today. … There were some local recruits who signed with Arizona’s swimming and track and field programs that were documented by our Andy Morales today.


Turner Washington
Canyon del Oro HS

Shot put: 57’62.5″. Discus: 202’0″ … No. 4 returning discus mark in America. … Nephew of former Arizona football standout offensive lineman Warner Smith.


Alex Barcello, 6-2, PG
Tempe Corona del Sol

Barcello is’s No. 86 overall recruit and the No. 19 point guard in the Class of 2017. … He was also considering Butler, Indiana, Stanford and Virginia before taking a visit to Arizona and making his decision.

Ira Lee, 6-7, PF
Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads

Randolph is’s No. 38 overall recruit and No. 6 shooting guard in Class of 2017.


Kiana Chew, 6-4, C
Palm Harbor (Fla.) HS

Chew is rated as a three-star forward by out of Palm Harbor, Fla. and is rated as the 59th-best forward in the country. … Had 15 and 10 blocks in two different games last season.

Sam Fatkin, 5-10, G
Snohomish (Wash.) Glacier Peak HS

Rated as a three-star guard by and rated the 30th-best guard in the country. … Fatkin, also a goalie in soccer in high school, eclipsed the 15 point mark seven times last season and scored a season high 21 points in Dec. 14, 2015 against Arlington.

Marlee Kyles, 5-7, G
Elgin (Ill.) Larkin HS

Rated as a three-star point guard by and was also rated as the 23rd-best guard in the country. … Named an IBCA 3A/4A Special-Mention All-State selection in 2016 after scoring 19.9 points per game and grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game during her junior season. … She set Larkin High School’s single-game scoring record when she scored 36 points last season. Coming into her senior year, she has scored 1,317 points and is 89 away from breaking the all-time school record.

Sam Thomas, 6-0, F
Las Vegas (Nev.) Centennial HS

Thomas is the highest rated recruit in this class as rated her as a four-star wing. She is ranked as the 95th-best player in the country and the 18th-best wing nationally. … Thomas is also the highest rated player out of the state of Nevada. … USA Today Player of the Year in 2016. … During her junior season, Thomas averaged 15 points and eight rebounds per game as she led Centennial to a 33-1 record and a Division I State Championship.

Mallory Vaughn, 6-4, C
Collinsville (Okla.) HS

Rated three stars by and is ranked as the 14th-best forward in the country and the highest rated post player in the state of Oklahoma. … Vaughn was named an Adidas Uprising All-American for her efforts during her junior season in 2015-16 and she was named the Metro Lakes Conference Most Valuable Player for the third-straight season.


Lexi Harrington, catcher
Sacramento (Calif.) Granite Bay HS

No. 77 recruit in the country.

Jenna Kean, CF
Long Beach (Calif.) Los Alamitos

Taryn Young, OF
Anaheim (Calif) Canyon HS

Young is the younger sister of Lauren Young, who is one of Canyon’s all-time greats that is currently starting at third base for Arizona.


Candice Denny, 6-2, MB
San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty HS

No. 86 recruit nationally by Prep Volleyball … Second-team Under Armour All-American in 2016 … MVP and first-team all-league performer in 2016 … Three-time state champion at Archbishop Mitty … Named 2015 WCAL second-team all-league.

Katie Smoot, 6-1, RS/OH
Belmont (Calif.) Notre Dame Prep

No. 63 recruit nationally by Prep Volleyball … Max Prep all-state and first-team all-league performer as a junior … Three-time team MVP and two-time all-league first teamer.

Paige Whipple, 6-2, OH
Salem (Ore.) West Salem HS

Whipple was named the 27th best recruit in the country by


Gitte Heynemans, Belgium

She is ranked eighth by the International Tennis Federation in the Belgian Junior Circuit. … Heynemans was a highly sought after recruit as she chose Arizona over highly ranked Florida State and Alabama. She is the first addition to the Cats’ 2017 freshman class.


Payton Bellows
Southwick (Mass.) Daggett Gymnastics

Bellows is the 2016 Region 6 vault, bars, floor, and all-around champion and capped off her 2016 season at the Junior Olympic (J.O.) Nationals with top 5 finishes on vault and in the all-around.

Sydney Freidin
Westchester (Calif.) Gym-Jam Gymnastics Club

Freidin is a two-time J.O. Nationals qualifier finishing 6th on bars and earning two titles at the Region 1 Championship on beam and floor in 2015.

Adra Parks
West Des Moines (Iowa) Triad Gymnastics

Earned top honors as State Champion for four years straight (2013-2016). In 2016, she was crowned Region 4 beam champion and had top 10 finishes at J.O. Nationals on vault and bars.

FOLLOW @JAVIERJMORALES ON TWITTER! 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, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports,, 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.

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