Arizona Wildcats Basketball

Miller Tries to Salvage Recruiting Class For Arizona

Alan RubensteinAnalyst IIIApril 7, 2009

The announcement of Sean Miller as head coach at Arizona might pay immediate dividends for Arizona. Patrick Finley is reporting in the Arizona Daily Star that former Wildcat verbal commitment Solomon Hill is reconsidering Arizona. 

The 6'6" small forward is rated third nationally at his position.  With the likely departure of Chase Budinger, Hill would likely be an immediate starter. He is listed as a point forward. If Nic Wise returns, that would give the Wildcats a nice one-two punch for 2010.

Hill would give the Wildcats instant re-credibility and could be the cornerstone of any recruiting class Miller is able to sign. Hill played in high school at the renowned Fairfax in Los Angeles.  That's the same school that sent Chris Mills to Arizona.

In his recruiting profile on ESPN, Hill is regarded as an unselfish player.  He is an excellent passer in both the halfcourt and up-tempo games.  He needs to improve his shot, but is able to take his opponents off the dribble. 

Hill's father, Solomon Crawford, said that he will be talking to Miller later this week.

Finley is also reporting that Arizona is zeroing in on four-star center Kyryl Natyazhko.  Natyazhko is the Number nine rated center nationally and the only one remaining in the top 20. 

He was previously considering Xavier, so the hope is that he would follow Miller to Arizona. Natyazhko is also considering Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Florida State, Miami and Ohio. 

Xavier had one signed player for 2009, small forward Kevin Parrom. 

Miller's biggest sell might be point guard Wise.  Wise has indicated he is going to look into his options.  He will likely enter his name into the NBA draft.  Another year of college would certainly help Wise and his draft status.

The 2010 class could already have received a top player with interest.  Former Xavier recruit J.D. Weatherspoon announced that he is re-opening his recruiting.  The 6'6" small forward is one of the best recruits in the Midwest.  He averaged 15 points and eight rebounds in leading his Columbus school the Ohio state championship. 

Weatherspoon was quoted in the Columbus Dispatch about Miller: "He's a great coach, and I would certainly think about going to Arizona if he asked me to go there."

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