The recruiting Web site 247Sports reported this morning that Class of 2018 four-star guard Devonaire Doutrive has verbally committed to Arizona.
Doutrive, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who played at Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham, is on an official visit to Arizona this weekend. He is ranked No. 82 overall and No. 18 at the shooting guard position by 247Sports.
“It just seemed like a good fit, the whole atmosphere (at Arizona),” Doutrive’s stepfather Laurian Watkins told 247Sports. “You can tell when you walk in there that it was a program of prestige and after meeting with the staff and counselors, it was something we could support as parents.”
The spring signing period starts Wednesday. If Doutrive honors his commitment, Arizona will have six more scholarships spots to fill.
The news of Doutrive’s commitment comes a day after Sean Miller and his lawyers worked with the Arizona Board of Regents to approve contract amendments with the threat of a $1 million fine for a criminal charge or level I NCAA violation.
That came in response to an ESPN article in February alleging Miller was captured on FBI wiretaps conversing with agent runner Christian Dawkins about a $100,000 payment securing the recruitment of Deandre Ayton, a claim both Miller and Ayton vehemently deny.
Some more on Doutrive, he’s got good length and is good at getting to the basket and free-throw line. I really like the way he facilitates and creates as well. He’s also a good rebounder. A good fit overall for Arizona and Sean Miller
In addition to having to sign six more scholarship players, Miller must fill two assistant coaching positions.
The commitment of Doutrive, who was also recruited heavily by Georgetown and Texas, appears to be the first domino to fall to make all the missing parts go into place soon.
“Devonaire is amazing,” Birmingham coach Nick Halic told the Los Angeles Times this season. “There’s no guard better in the City with all his tools. To me, he’s up there with all the guards in the state.”