Trier, Comanche held out of Arizona exhibition

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Arizona was without a pair of players in its exhibition Tuesday.

Allonzo Trier was held out for unspecified reasons while Chance Comanche is suspended indefinitely.

“Chance Comanche will not play in tonight’s game due to his own lack of academic responsibility,” Wildcats coach Sean Miller said in a statement released by the school ahead of the exhibition against the College of Idaho. “As a member of our basketball program, you are a student and an athlete, and you are expected to do the best of your ability in both areas.

“It is not an option to compete and be held accountable on the court but not in the classroom. This suspension is indefinite.”

Comanche played just six minutes per game last year for Arizona, but was expected to see a larger role in his sophomore season.

Trier’s situation is murkier. There have been concerns for the sophomore’s eligibility for the upcoming season, but Miller on Monday declined comment on his situation.

Trier, a top-15 recruit in the 2015 class, averaged 14.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Wildcats, who debuted in The Associated Press Top 25 preseason poll at No. 10 on Monday.

The Wildcats have another exhibition contest Sunday against Cal State Chico.

CBT’s Recruiting Roundup: UConn and Arizona land 2015 big men, 2015 commitments flying off the board

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Each Monday and Friday, College Basketball Talk’s Scott Phillips goes over some important news and notes in the world of college basketball recruiting. This week, UConn lands a local big guy with its eyes on another, Arizona makes its next move and commitments are flying off-the-board in the 2015 top 100 rankings.

UConn lands Enoch with eyes now focused on another elite big man

Defending champion UConn nabbed one of its primary targets over the weekend with the commitment of local big man Steve Enoch, a four-star Class of 2015 prospect. Although Enoch is a developing talent, and the Huskies don’t have a senior big man on the roster, the main focus for UConn will remain top-five center Diamond Stone.

Next season Enoch will join a front court that should include junior Phillip Nolan, sophomores Amida Brimah and Kentan Facey and freshman Rakeem Lubin but landing Stone is still the focal point of Kevin Ollie’s 2015 recruiting efforts.

Stone has already placed UConn in his top five along with Duke, Maryland, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin and they’re in good position to make a major move in the front court in this class if they can secure both Enoch and Stone.

Also keep in mind that the much-talked-about “package deal” between Stone and elite scoring guard Malik Newman could also happen at UConn as head coach Kevin Ollie had an in-home visit with the Mississippi guard last week.

Newman has yet to set a top five, but UConn is believed to be the only school with a chance at securing commitments from both Stone and Newman at this point since Stone’s list doesn’t include any other schools targeting Newman.

Arizona gets a big commitment in 2015 to set up its last push

Arizona and head coach Sean Miller added a four-star center to the 2015 class on Sunday as Chance Comanche committed during an official visit to go along with three five-star perimeter threats in Justin Simon, Allonzo Trier and Ray Smith.

Comanche’s commitment is nice for Arizona because it gives them a talented and developing big man in the stable of recruits while also allowing them the luxury of going all-out for five-star big men Ivan Rabb, Carlton Bragg and Stephen Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has an official visit set on November 11th and Arizona is also in the final five for Bragg and in the running for Rabb.

The beauty of Arizona recruiting those three big men, in particular, is that they would all work fine playing in the same rotation, or at the same time, as Comanche.

Bragg is more suited for the power forward spot while Comanche can man the middle and Rabb and Zimmerman shared the court together for the Oakland Soldiers in the EYBL, so they shouldn’t take an issue in having Comanche on the same team.

With Miller securing four great commitments in the 2015 class — and in the process, competing for the No. 1 class in the nation — he can now go all-in on the final centerpiece to complete the class.

Commitments are flying off-the-board in 2015

With more commitments to top 100 players over the weekend, there are only 37 players left in the top 100 of Rivals‘ Class of 2015 rankings.

But here’s the catch: 14 of the top 20 are still available as many of the blueblood college basketball programs continue to fight for the best of the best.

It’s setting up for some intriguing recruiting battles in the upcoming weeks as the November signing period approaches and it means that official visits and in-home visits become that much more important.

We’ll also start to see new players pop up on the high-major recruiting radar in the next few weeks as schools hit open gyms this fall and look for back-up plans for the targets they had that have committed elsewhere.

Either way, 67 of the top 100 off-the-board — with numerous other quality commitments as well in the high-major ranks — means that programs are targeting groups of players and making fast moves to try to secure commitments and move on.

I can’t recall seeing this many quality players committed this early in quite some time and more will likely follow soon.

Arizona lands four-star center to potential No. 1 recruiting class in 2015

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Arizona added additional firepower to its potential No. 1 class in 2015 on Sunday as four-star forward Chance Comanche committed to the Wildcats.

Comanche committed to Arizona during his official visit to campus this weekend.

A 6-foot-10 post scorer in-the-making, Comanche has a lot of upside as the No. 31 overall player in Rivals‘ 2015 rankings and once he puts on weight, he should be able to get buckets on the block thanks to his soft touch and good hands.

The center is a native of Beverly Hills, California and joins Arizona’s newest highly-touted recruiting class that includes 6-foot-5 combo guard Justin Simon, 6-foot-3 scoring guard Allonzo Trier and 6-foot-7 small forward Ray Smith.

Comanche nows gives Arizona a front court presence in this class to go along with the three five-star perimeter threats. Along with Louisville, Arizona continues to battle for the No. 1 overall class in 2015 and Comanche’s commitment likely puts the Wildcats back in the lead — for now.

UConn and Arizona State hosted Comanche for official visits earlier in the recruiting process and by committing, Comanche won’t make previously scheduled trips to N.C. State and UCLA.

Although they took a commitment from Comanche, the Wildcats are still scheduled to host an official visit for five-star big man Stephen Zimmerman on November 11th and Arizona is also in the final five for five-star power forward Carlton Bragg and in the running for five-star big man Ivan Rabb.

Comanche’s commitment doesn’t mean Arizona is finished recruiting in 2015 and Sean Miller’s team could look to add another big man before it’s over.

UAA The Finals Thursday Recap: Josh Jackson vs. Jaylen Brown highlights the day

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SUWANEE, Ga. — The highlight of Thursday’s action at the Under Armour Association’s final summer tournament, The Finals, was a matchup between Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 recruit in the Class of 2015, and Josh Jackson, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2016.

The gym was packed with coaches to see a battle between arguably the two best wings in high school basketball regardless of age group, and the pair did not fail to disappoint.

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Brown was on fire early, hitting four catch-and-shoot threes from four different spots on the floor in the first half, finishing with 18 points as his Game Elite team jumped out to a big lead over Jackson’s 1 Nation squad. It was clear early on that Jackson was pressing — his team did not have as much talent on the roster as Brown’s — and it manifested himself as tough shots, quick threes and an early benching.

Late in the first half, Jackson began to assert his will on the game. He made a handful of beautiful passes in transition, he started making his presence felt on the glass and he even had a LeBron-esque chasedown block. In the end, Brown won the scoring battle — he finished with 26 points while Jackson had 14 — but Jackson’s team got the win in the end as Jackson played a better overall game in the second half.

It was an odd way for things to end. Jackson is generally known as the better perimeter scorer, a smooth athlete that can get buckets at all three levels while finding assists and contributing on the glass. He did most of his damage in the paint on Thursday, while Brown — whose reputation is of that as a more physical, interior player developing his perimeter game — did most of his damage from beyond the arc.

At the end of the day, both Brown and Jackson did exactly what the AAU trail is designed for: they both played well in front of coaches like Roy Williams, John Calipari, Bill Self, Mark Fox and Steve Alford.

Keep an eye on Darius Perry: While the stars of the show were Brown and Jackson — and to a lesser extent Stanford commit Marcus Sheffield and Pitt commit Damon Wilson — 2017 shooting guard Darius Perry proved himself to be a name to be watched. He knocked down a trio of catch-and-shoot threes, two from well-beyond the three-point line, and also hit a mid-range pull-up jumper from the foul line.

Diamond Stone also plays well: I caught Stone’s final game of the day, as he squared off with Penn State-commit Mike Watkins and put together the most impressive performance that I have seen from the big man to date. He knocked down a couple of trail-threes from the top of the key, make a couple of plays around the rim and had one startling crossover that led to a dunk over Watkins in a half-court possession.

Stone, who is ranked No. 6 in the Class of 2015 by Rivals, did not have an overly impressive performance in Philly last week for the Breakout Classic, but certainly made his presence known on Thursday. The Wisconsin-native has made a point to try and show off his perimeter ability this July, which is frustrating and promising at the same time: he does appear to be getting better with his ability to shoot the ball and face opponents up, but his biggest strength still lies in his back-to-the-basket game.

But hey, that’s really what AAU basketball is for, a chance for kids to try out moves they have been working on in games that, in all reality, don’t matter.

Chance Comanche vs. Doral Moore fizzles: The other elite big man matchup of Thursday came between Doral Moore, No. 38 in the Class of 2015, and Chance Comanche, No. 21 in the same class. Moore is the more physically imposing center of the two, but he has limited post moves and a motor that leaves much to be desired. He did show off his overwhelming ceiling with a massive dunk over Comanche in the second half.

To be fair, Comanche did not play all that well himself. He’s got a decent ability to finish in the post, a solid 15-footer and the length and athleticism to finish above the rim, particularly in transition, but he needs to add strength. He was a bit overwhelmed by the size of Moore and his front court mate, Tim Rowe.