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Arizona Wildcats Get First Commitment of Class of 2020 from Top 25 Prospect Dalen Terry of Tempe


The great unknown happens after this upcoming season with Arizona basketball with two talented freshmen — backcourt mates Nico Mannion and Josh Green — probably testing the NBA draft waters and it is uncertain what will come of the NCAA investigation into the program following the FBI probe into college basketball.

What is known is top 25 prospect Dalen Terry of Phoenix Hillcrest Prep is not dismayed about what could happen to the Wildcats after the 2019-20 season. He is talking about leading Sean Miller‘s program to a Final Four with his commitment on Tuesday night.

Terry is a 6-foot-6 and 195 pound wing player who is from Tempe and rated a four-star prospect by most of the recruiting services.

247Sports ranks Terry at 25th nationally among Class of 2020 prospects. His commitment is an example of a recruit not putting much weight into a school entering the picture late. Miller and his staff did not offer a scholarship until June.

“They made up a lot of ground really quick,” Terry told 247Sports. “They offered me and I’m already more comfortable with them than anyone else.

“The whole staff recruits me; they’re the only school that recruited me with their entire staff.”

Terry, who plays for high-level AAU team Compton Magic during the summer, committed to Arizona over Arkansas, Colorado, Marquette, Vanderbilt, Cal, Utah and Grand Canyon.

Josh Gerson, a national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, wrote this about Terry’s skill set:

“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.”

In a recent interview with Bruce Pascoe of The Arizona Daily Star, Terry, who transferred from Tempe Corona Del Sol to Hillcrest before last season, mentioned he visited Arizona unofficially last month after receiving a scholarship offer.

“It was good,” Terry said. “I just got the offer and I had never been down to U of A or Tucson before. So it was a great time to be down there.”


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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.

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