Miller Lands First Big Recruit at Arizona

Alan RubensteinAnalyst IIIApril 12, 2009

BOISE, ID - MARCH 20:  Head Coach Sean Miller of the Xavier Musketeers adjusts his team against the Portland State Vikings during the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Sean Miller has waisted no time in making an impact at Arizona. Miller and Assistant Coach James Whitford had been recruiting 6'11" center Kyryl Natyazhko from IMG Academy while at Xavier. 

In less than a week they convinced the talented big man to join them in Tucson, Ariz. Natyazhko is the sixth-ranked center, and the number 39-ranked player overall. 

Natyazhko is a versatile inside-outside player who will immediately become a starter for Miller. He could become the cornerstone for Miller to build around. The big Ukrainian has the big shoes of Jordan Hill to step into.

Miller and his staff are still in play for small forward Solomon Hill, who originally committed to Arizona. He withdrew his commitment when Lute Olson retired, and re-opened his commitment when Miller was named head coach.

Hill appears to prefer Miller's up-tempo system to Tim Floyd's more deliberate system.

Victor Rudd, a 6'8" small forward from Las Vegas, is also considering the Wildcats.