Overlooked because of Kentucky‘s and UCLA‘s spectacular recruiting classes, in any other year, the Wildcats would have brought in the best recruiting class in the country. They almost moved into the top spot this year but ended up sliding to number three just slightly behind the Bruins and Wildcats. Arizona head coach Sean Miller reeled in the best group of big men in the class of 2012 between power forwards Brandon Ashley (#8) and Grant Jerrett (#20) and center Kaleb Tarczewski (#4). Miller also brought in one of the most underrated players in the country in point guard Gabe York (#29). Arizona simply did an incredible job with their 2012 recruiting class and look to build off their success in the 2011 recruiting class to build a good, young team for the 2012-2013 season and beyond.
Get to know the recruits
Tarczewski is a mobile seven-footer who has good shot-blocking ability and great rebounding skills. His offensive rebounding in particular is excellent which keeps the possession alive for his team and allows him to score a lot of put-back points. He also uses the up-and-under move in the post very well and does a good job of utilizing pump-fakes in general. He has good hands and balance too which helps him on the block. The two areas he needs to work on are getting stronger (as does almost every high school big man) and his aggressiveness since he has the ability to be a big-time player. He has a lot of potential due to his physical abilities and fundamentals so expect him to contribute immediately at Arizona.
Ashley is the best combo-forward in the class of 2012 and is a terrific all-around talent. He is very versatile and can score in multiple ways whether it’s a short jumper, post-up move or drive to the basket. He also runs the floor very well and is a good shot-blocker due to his length. Ashley is also a smart and savvy basketball player. His rebounding is solid as well but he needs to get stronger and be a more physical player which would help his defense. He also needs to improve his foot work and polish his low-post play on both offense and defense. Ashley can do a variety of things especially in transition between his ball-handling, passing abilities and athleticism.
Jerrett is a guy who has a good all-around game and can do a little bit of everything. He can score inside, step out to the perimeter and knock down shots in the mid-range game. He’s also solid on defense and can rebound and block shots. He’s a good athlete with great length and hands, too. Jerrett has the ability to score with either hands and has good footwork as well. However, he needs to improve on his toughness and finishing ability in the paint but as he gets stronger (another weakness), he’ll improve both of those attributes.
York is probably the second most undervalued prospect in the class of 2012 behind Justin Anderson (#18 — Virginia). York has a great all-around game and is a natural scorer. He is a terrific shooter with good range and consistency and does a good job of getting to the basket and finishing around the rim. However, he is also able to distribute the ball and is a good passer. One thing he can improve on is using his left hand when dribbling and attacking the basket. He’s the least talked about Arizona commit but is a great get just like the other three class of 2012 prospects and will be a good player for the Wildcats.