Arizona has landed a commitment from a second five-star prospect in as many months.
Josh Green, a 6-foot-5 Australian that currently lives in Phoenix, announced on Thursday afternoon that he will be playing his college ball for Sean Miller and the Wildcats. A top ten prospect in the class, this commitment comes less than a month after Nico Mannion — a fellow five-star and Green’s teammate with the West Coast Elite AAU program — announced that he, too, will be committing to Arizona.
Arizona has also landed a commitment from three-star center Christian Koloko, a shot-blocker with high-upside.
One of the best scorers in the class, Green should slot in perfectly alongside Mannion, a big, talented point guard that has already cracked Italy’s senior national team.
The irony of this commitment is that it came during the fourth day of the trial of Jim Gatto, Merl Code and Christian Dawkins, three defendants that were charged with crimes during the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball. No one outside of Louisville was as tied to this investigation as Arizona was. An assistant coach was arrested for handing out bribes, they lost a five-star point guard because of the evidence that was turned up and there was a report that came out linking Miller to a $100,000 payment to Deandre Ayton.
It cost Arizona their 2018 recruiting class, but it hasn’t cost the program its status among the elite.
Because the truth is that instability affects recruiting far more than perception. Once it became clear that Miller wasn’t getting fired, recruits no longer had reason to be concerned with committing to the school.
And the proof is a five-star backcourt that could make the Wildcats the favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2020.