Given what I wrote on April 14 here about the state of recruiting at Arizona in Sean Miller’s first 100 days, and here on April 16 about the people jonesing for Lamont “Momo” Jones, I politely remind everyone that I said it here first:
1. Arizona does not need a point guard in the 2009 class.
2. Jones will not sign with Arizona.
The story out of LA today (courtesy of the LA Times) is that Jones has signed a LOI with USC. This, therefore, erases him from availability for Arizona.
However, up until that point, there was still a large group of people that thought Arizona had a chance to land Jones. The reality is this: Jones wants playing time. At USC, he gets 30-35 a game. At Arizona, he gets 10-15 behind Nic Wise. And quite honestly, if you’re a recruit that has some issues with wanting playing time, do you sit behind an All Pac-10 PG or do you go to the school where you will get your minutes? Nevermind that USC will end up 4th or 5th in the Pac-10 this year, you’ll still get your minutes!
Given Arizona has Wise, Judkins, and Lavender, there’s absolutely no need for a PG in this class. Now, the 2010 class, on the other hand, has Doron Lamb available, and he was already recruited by Miller at Xavier (Miller even offered him a scholarship). Lamb has Arizona very high on his list since in 2010, Arizona will be needing a PG – assuming that neither Lavender nor Judkins makes a huge impact next year as Wise’s understudy.
The last point – for those who have been drooling over a (VERY REMOTE) possibility of landing recruit Lance Stephenson, Stephenson DID add one more school to his final list, but it’s not Arizona. Stephenson has narrowed his choices to three – Kansas (the frontrunner), St. Johns, and … get this … Maryland.
Now, a new face on the scene is actually an old one for Miller and Company, namely Kevin Parrom. Parrom was released from his LOI with Xavier and says Arizona is high on his list, but that he’s going to completely start over with the recruiting process.
Why do I mention Parrom? Because he is a 6-6 SG, a position I’ve stated multiple times that will be the final recruit in this year’s recruiting class. If Miller lands Parrom after Natyazhko (C), Johnson (PF), Hill (SF), and hopefully Famous (PF/C), that would easily vault Arizona’s recruiting class into the top 50 in the nation, and definitely give UCLA something to think about for the upcoming 2009 season.