Arizona Basketball

Gotta Love what Lloyd & Co., is up to this summer while recruiting

So, do you think he can recruit, now?

Many Arizona fans who thought head men’s basketball coach Tommy Lloyd couldn’t in the spring must give him a little “love” in the summer.

In fact, Lloyd might be piling on with the solid recruiting, given former North Carolina guard Caleb Love formerly committed to Arizona on Tuesday afternoon.

We went from Memorial Weekend to a memory-making Tuesday with the addition to what should be a quality and competitive backcourt for the Wildcats. Love, a 6-foot-4 combo guard, chose UA after Michigan had trouble getting him in.

“Caleb is a tremendously talented guard who has significant experience playing college basketball at a high level,” Lloyd said in a statement from Arizona. “We look forward to helping Caleb grow his game at Arizona. And as we near the completion of the roster for the upcoming season, we feel great about how everything has come together. Now it’s time for the real work to start.” 

Love visited Arizona over the weekend … and voila’ – decided to become an Arizona Wildcat. He averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Lloyd and the Arizona opportunity may not have been the only draw. Former North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson helped recruit Love to North Carolina, which, of course, means he likely had an impact in helping him decide on Arizona.

The backcourt looks set with the return of Kylan Boswell, incoming freshman K.J. Lewis, Spaniard Conrad Martinez and Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley.

In the last month – after many Arizona faithful (or unfaithful) questioned Lloyd’s recruiting chops – Lloyd has received commitments from Love, Bradley, 7-2 Lithuanian Motiejus Krivas, 6-8 Paulius Murauskas and San Diego State forward Keshad Johnson.

Arizona should still be that high-scoring team of the last two years and more physical this coming year.

They join an already good group of Oumar Ballo, Pelle Larsson (who decided to return after testing the NBA waters), Dylan Anderson, Henri Veesaar and Filip Borovicanin.

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