Arizona Basketball: 11 All-Time Best Wildcats Recruiting Classes

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Arizona Basketball: 11 All-Time Best Wildcats Recruiting Classes
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Arizona remains a destination program for high-school basketball's star recruits, serving as a West Coast power broker on the college hoops scene for three decades.

Sean Miller is bringing in the No. 3 recruiting class, according to ESPN. He owned the top slot for most of the year, before late high-profile commitments went to UCLA (Shabazz Muhammad) and Kentucky (Nerlens Noel).

Lute Olson started the consistent influx. And Fred Snowden pulled in several premier classes before that.

From Eric Money to Sean Elliott to Andre Iguodala to Jerryd Bayless, Snowden and Olson flooded the desert with pros.

Miller is continuing that string, his initial class already producing an NBA lottery pick, Derrick Williams (No. 2, Minnesota Timberwolves).

Brandon Ashley, Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Gabe York will be arriving at McKale Center next year, and all are among the top seven prospects in the nation at their positions. Miller also picked up two key transfers—Mark Lyons (Xavier) and T.J. McConnell (Duquesne)—along with a JUCO forward (Matt Korcheck) who will redshirt.

That class won't be judged until all have exited, but it owns the potential to be the best in Arizona history.

Miller's first class is still playing in college—Solomon Hill, Kevin Parrom, MoMo Jones (at Iona)—and none of the first three will make the cut on this list—for now.

This slideshow examines the 11 best recruiting classes in Arizona history based on the following criteria:

*Impact on the win-loss records at Arizona and in the pro ranks.

*Productivity statistically at Arizona and in the pro ranks.

*Influence on Arizona basketball historically, including its brand.

*Check out this annually-updated story from TucsonCitizen.com, by Javier Morales, for an in-depth look at all of Arizona's classes since 1972. That piece was invaluable in compiling this list.

*Stats via Basketball-Reference.com, StatSheet.com, the Arizona media guide and TotalBasketballStats.com.

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