Arizona lands Finnish big man Lauri Markkanen

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The first commit in Arizona’s Class of 2016 comes from an NBA prospect out of Finland.

Lauri Markkanen reportedly committed to Arizona on Saturday afternoon, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. The 6-foot-11 big man is in Tucson this weekend and is attending the program’s Red-Blue scrimmage on Saturday night. Markkanen picked the Wildcats over North Carolina and Utah.

Markkanen is an important commitment for the Wildcats, a team that will graduate Kaleb Tarczewski, Ryan Anderson and Mark Tollefsen this season.

This summer, in the FIBA U18 Europe Championships in Volos, Greece, Markkanen led the entire tournament with 18.2 points per game.

He is listed in the top-20 of the DraftExpress.com’s 2017 mock NBA Draft.