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Arizona Wildcats Basketball June Recruiting Update

We are a little past the halfway point of June and basketball recruiting for Arizona is as hot as the weather this month in Tucson.

At least 13 prospects from the Class of 2020 (upcoming seniors), 2021 and 2022 have been linked to Sean Miller’s recruiting efforts this month with scholarship offers and news of visits to Arizona’s campus.

Here is a list of the recruits on Miller’s radar who have been publicized this month:

[table “” not found /] Rating: 3 stars.

Terren Frank is not high in the ratings (at No. 121 nationally by but Miller and his staff are high on him. ASU, Oregon State, TCU and USC are some of the schools that have expressed interest in him. He is slated to attend the Red-Blue Scrimmage in October on an official visit. He is a scorer with good shooting skills from midrange and beyond the 3-point line.

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Evaluation from 247Sports of Josh Christopher: Excellent strength and good length for a shooting guard. Functional athleticism. Makes plays in traffic. Has great body control and ability to make tough shots and shots off one foot. Solid ball handler. More scorer than passer but can distribute. Rebounds position. Has potential to be an outstanding, versatile defender. Has a high floor as a prospect.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 3 Stars.

Jhaylon Martinez is not ranked among Rivals’ top 150 prospects for the Class of 2020. UNLV, Colorado State, San Jose State, Grand Canyon and Washington State are some of the schools who have offered Martinez a scholarship. He averaged 12.7 points and 8.3 rebounds a game as a junior last season.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 5 Stars.

Evaluation from 247Sports of Paolo Banchero: Respectable size for post with decent length, wide shoulders and a very good frame. Strong for his age but has plenty of room to grow into frame. Shouldn’t have issues increasing strength. Best from high post where he can hit jumpers, take bigger defenders off dribble or use his outstanding vision to find cutters. Terrific rebounder. Uses his size and basketball IQ to protect rim. Should be able to play both the four and five at college level. Improving efficiency from perimeter would take game to next level and greatly impact his NBA upside. Projects as a high level performer at high major level. Has first-round upside with continued development.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 4 Stars.

Evaluation from 247Sports of MarJon Beauchamp: Tons of physical upside with room to gain plenty of strength without losing athleticism. Extremely versatile wing with good size and very long arms. Plus athlete who has the lateral quickness and physical tools to guard multiple positions. Best offensively as a slasher and distributor although he has shown impressive progress as a shooter. Very good vision for the position. Handle and jumper could stand to improve. If they do, he projects as a contributor at NBA level.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 4 Stars.

Evaluation from 247Sports of Adam Miller: Standing around 6-foot-3 and possessing good length, he has positional versatility on both ends of the floor. One of the better shooters from the guard position. Has good athleticism to complement that. Offensively he is best off the ball where he can be a catch-and-shoot guy that also attacks closeouts. On defense, he shows the ability to defend either guard spot physically and should project to be above-average on that end going forward.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 5 Stars.

Arizona offered JT Thor a scholarship last week. Other top programs such as Kentucky and Kansas are recruiting him strongly. Miami, Pittsburgh and UCLA have recently contacted him since the communication period has begun this month. He could potentially reclassify to 2020. Rivals ranks him No. 11 nationally in the Class of 2021.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 4 Stars.

Jabri Abdur-Rahim is the son of former California and NBA player Shareef Abdur-Rahim (who was recruited by Lute Olson before choosing the Golden Bears). Rivals ranks Jabri No. 41 overall in the class with his stock rising. He ranked the No. 11 small forward in his class.

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Evaluation from 247Sports on Terry: Good size and very long arms. Still physically immature with plenty of room add strength. Best asset is his passing ability; outstanding vision for positions. Extremely versatile wing. Respectable ball skills and can be at least a secondary ball handler but likely most effective as a playmaking wing. Better shooter from midrange than three. Capable finisher due to size and length. Has physical tools to guard multiple positions. Lot of upside here; if continues to improve as shooter and ball handler has easy NBA upside but worst case should be a high-major starter.

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Rivals. com Rating: None because of his youth.

Richard Isaacs Jr., nicknamed “Pop Pop,” reportedly brings a lot of energy to the court. He can play at different speeds and is very effective with his passing off the dribble. He was part of Team USA’s 16U team that won a gold medal in Brazil.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 4 Stars.

Evaluation from 247Sports of DJ Steward: A bit of an undersized scoring guard who can really shoot it. Has a good feel for the game, and at times can handle the point guard position because of his solid ball handling ability and decent passing. Gets a lot done on the court production wise. Defensively he will never be great, but he is athletic enough and just big enough to defend either guard spot. An efficient shooter, Steward knows how to get open and should be someone who finds a way to get buckets no matter the level at which he is playing.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 4 Stars.

Evaluation from 247Sports on Caleb Love: At nearly 6-foot-3 with pretty good length, Love can play either guard spot and shows significant potential on the defensive end. A score-first point guard, he has the ability to put his team on his back as a bucket getter, or to be a facilitator. Right now, he is more comfortable taking shots than setting up teammates, but his passing has improved and he is doing a better job of running a team. Ultimately, it comes down to Love’s ability to run a team at the college level and beyond, but there is no doubt he can score. The requisite athleticism is absolutely there.

[table “” not found /] Rating: 5 Stars.

Evaluation from 247Sports on Daishen Nix: Good size for position with strong, sturdy frame. Elite vision; outstanding facilitator who is creative as a distributor. High basketball IQ with strong natural instincts for position. Improving shooter with range to perimeter although he is more efficient as he get closer to basket. Quick hands and impressive instincts on defense. Could improve as a shooter but it’s an area he’s shown progress and in general has been on a high trajectory since arriving in Nevada from Alaska prior to his freshman season. Projects as a successful college point guard with NBA upside.

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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