10:11 AM EDT, Sat July 20, 2019
4 hours ago
2 Arizona freshmen to play in FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup

2 Arizona freshmen to play in FIBA U19 Women’s World Cup

Helena Pueyo | Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics Latvia’s Mara Mote and Spain’s Helena Pueyo will be taking the court in Bangkok With an incoming class full of international players, it’s been a busy summer for future Arizona Wildcats. Last week, it was incoming freshman Helena Pueyo and 2020 commit Derin Erdogan playing in the FIBA U18 Women’s European Championships. Beginning Friday night, Pueyo and fellow incoming freshman Mara Mote will tip off with their national teams in the FIBA U19 Women’s Basketball World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand. Helena Pueyo There was some question...
13 hours ago
3-star defensive end Dion Wilson commits to Arizona

3-star defensive end Dion Wilson commits to Arizona

Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via After losing a defensive lineman commit earlier in the week, the Arizona Wildcats added one Friday, when three-star prospect Dion Wilson announced his commitment to the UA. The Perris, California native is the No. 1,351 player in the 2020 class, and No. 112 player in his state. Nicknamed “Tank”, Wilson is listed at 6-foot-5, 252 pounds. Thank You God From up Above ⬇️ @ArizonaFBall @IonaCoach @CoachSumlin @coach_meat @GregBiggins @greg_zomalt @OVHS_ATHLETICS @DemetricDWarren @prowaytraining @Platinum_Athl @Scott_Schrader...
16 hours ago
Lakers to hire former Arizona walk-on Quinton Crawford as assistant coach, per report

Lakers to hire former Arizona walk-on Quinton Crawford as assistant coach, per report

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Lakers are hiring former Arizona Wildcats walk-on Quinton Crawford as an assistant coach, according to Brad Turner of the LA Times. Crawford spent the 2018-19 season as the Charlotte Hornets‘ head video coordinator. Before that, he had the same role with the Orlando Magic when Lakers head coach Frank Vogel was in charge. Lakers to hire Quinton Crawford as assistant coach on Frank Vogel's staff, per source. Crawford worked as a head video coordinator/player development with Vogel in Orlando. Crawford spent last season in same role with...
19 hours ago
Arizona’s Josh McCauley, Bryce Wolma make preseason watch lists

Arizona’s Josh McCauley, Bryce Wolma make preseason watch lists

Photo by Chris Coduto/ Arizona Wildcats center Josh McCauley was named to the Rimington Award watch list on Friday. The award is given annually the nation’s best center. The redshirt junior started all 12 games for the Wildcats in 2018, helping them lead the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game. The former walk-on was put on scholarship in the spring. EARNED IT. ️Congrats Josh McCauley! OFFICIALLY on scholarship. #BuildingTheA | #BearDown pic.twitter.com/oebPDQrZtw— Arizona Football (@ArizonaFBall) April 13, 2019 Meanwhile, Arizona tight end Bryce Wolma was named to the Mackey...
23 hours ago
Taking stock: How Arizona gymnastics is looking under coach John Court

Taking stock: How Arizona gymnastics is looking under coach John Court

Photo courtesy Arizona Athletic It may seem like college sports are always going on, but July is the one month of the year when no Arizona Wildcats teams are in action. Yep, we’re as sad about that as you are. Before you know it, the 2019-20 seasons will be under way for Arizona’s 19 men’s and women’s sports. But in the meantime, now is the perfect opportunity to assess how each of these programs are doing. Over the next few weeks we’ll break down each team and evaluate how it is performing under its current coaching staff, looking at the state of the program before he/she...
Jul 18, 2019
Salpointe lineman Bruno Fina doesn’t include Arizona in Final 3

Salpointe lineman Bruno Fina doesn’t include Arizona in Final 3

Fina won’t be following in his father’s footsteps Salpointe Catholic offensive lineman Bruno Fina, the son of Arizona Wildcats Hall of Fame lineman John Fina, unveiled his final three schools on Thursday, and the UA is not one of them. The Tucson native’s top choices are Boston College, UCLA, and Yale. A huge thank you to all the colleges who have offered me such great opportunities. Here are The Final Three. pic.twitter.com/npQlBna7ld— Bruno Fina (@BrunoFina1) July 18, 2019 It is another instance of Arizona failing to land a top local talent. Salpointe safety Lathan Ransom, a...
Jul 18, 2019
Roommates Sabrina Enciso and Jada Talley are ‘perfect balance’ for Arizona soccer

Roommates Sabrina Enciso and Jada Talley are ‘perfect balance’ for Arizona soccer

Photos by and Arizona Athletics The inseparable, and sometimes supernatural, bond between Jada Talley and Sabrina Enciso was on full display against Colorado last September. Enciso, Arizona’s stout left back, dispossessed a Buffalo attacker, created some space, and rifled a pass downfield to Talley. The speedy forward controlled it, spun around a defender, and made a long run toward the box where she deked two centerbacks before lacing a shot into the upper right corner. “I feel like we have telepathy,” Talley said. “It’s crazy to me. I’ll literally just make my run, back...
Jul 18, 2019
Arizona football opponent preview: UCLA

Arizona football opponent preview: UCLA

Photo by Scott Varley/Digital First Media/Torrance Daily Breeze via Conference play opens with a visit from the Bruins Arizona opens Pac-12 Conference play at home against the UCLA Bruins on Sept. 28. The Wildcats will be fresh off their second bye week—having also sit out Labor Day weekend following a Week Zero game in Hawaii—and hopefully sitting pretty at 3-0. Here’s a preview of the Bruins: Introduction Chip Kelly’s return to college football was a massive disappointment. I don’t think anyone was necessarily expecting immediate division or conference contention but at...
Jul 18, 2019
Analyzing new Arizona commit and long snapper Kameron Hawkins

Analyzing new Arizona commit and long snapper Kameron Hawkins

Photo by Carlos Herrera/Icon Sportswire via The Arizona Wildcats have added the missing piece to the puzzle with long snapper Kameron Hawkins pledging his verbal commitment. Our original story can be found here. Here’s a closer look at the new recruit. Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 220 pounds School/Hometown: Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) Offers: Arizona Rubio Long Snapping Rankings: Five-star prospect, No. 6 long snapper in the nation Highlights: Arizona lands an absolute unit of a long snapper in Hawkins, who checks in at 5-foot-11, 220 pounds. There are nothing but great things...
Jul 17, 2019
Analyzing Arizona’s running back corps entering 2019

Analyzing Arizona’s running back corps entering 2019

Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Lots of interesting names populate the depth chart under star J.J. Taylor Ever since Rich Rodriguez became the head coach of the Arizona Wildcats, the running game has been vital to the team’s success. If that’s still the case, then the ‘Cats are in good shape heading into 2019, as plenty of talented running backs are featured on the roster. For two full years now, running back J.J. Taylor has been one of the most important cogs in Arizona’s offense. Even in September of his true freshman season in 2016, when the rest of the team was...
Jul 17, 2019
Taking Stock: How Arizona women’s basketball is looking under coach Adia Barnes

Taking Stock: How Arizona women’s basketball is looking under coach Adia Barnes

It may seem like college sports are always going on, but July is the one month of the year when no Arizona Wildcats teams are in action. Yep, we’re as sad about that as you are. Before you know it, the 2019-20 seasons will be under way for Arizona’s 19 men’s and women’s sports. But in the meantime, now is the perfect opportunity to assess how each of these programs are doing. Over the next few weeks we’ll break down each team and evaluate how it is performing under its current coaching staff, looking at the state of the program before he/she arrived and comparing it to now (as...
Jul 17, 2019
Sign up for the new SB Nation FanPulse Top 25

Sign up for the new SB Nation FanPulse Top 25

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports Not a fan of media polls? Take matters into your own hands We are considered the voice of the Arizona Wildcats community here at Arizona Desert Swarm, and we talk every day about how the Wildcats are doing — whether they will win their upcoming game or how readers feel about that awful call from the refs. Now, we are starting a new polling project — including a brand new SB Nation NCAA Football Top 25 — that will pull together the insights of the most plugged-in Wildcat fans. If that describes you, then SIGN UP HERE to join us on SB Nation FanPulse. If...
Jul 16, 2019
3-star defensive end Robert Wooten decommits from Arizona

3-star defensive end Robert Wooten decommits from Arizona

Photo by Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Arizona’s top-ranked commit has reopened his recruitment After running on a heater the last few weeks in recruiting, the Arizona Wildcats have ran into a major problem as their highest ranked prospect, Robert Wooten, announced his decision to decommit from the program on Tuesday. A 6-foot-3, 240 pound defensive end, Wooten is the No. 568 player in the country and a top-20 defensive end, according to 247Sports composite rankings. “This is a life-changing decision that I feel I need to take more time on,” he wrote on Twitter. ......
Jul 16, 2019
Arizona falls in ESPN’s way-too-early Top 25

Arizona falls in ESPN’s way-too-early Top 25

Photo by Chris Coduto/ ESPN updated its way-too-early Top 25 for the 2019-20 college basketball season last weekend, and the Arizona Wildcats dropped one spot from 15 to 16. UA was leapfrogged by the Florida Gators, who jumped all the way from 18th to sixth after adding Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. Here is what ESPN has to say about the Wildcats: While other rosters settled down over the past month, Arizona had plenty of movement. Devonaire Doutrive entered the transfer portal, then decided to return to the Wildcats. Point guard Alex Barcello also announced he was...
Jul 16, 2019
Analyzing new Arizona commit Jalen John

Analyzing new Arizona commit Jalen John

Photo via @j_r_john on Twitter He’s the first running back in the 2020 class The Arizona Wildcats have now added a running back to the 2020 class as three-star prospect Jalen John verbally committed Monday. Our original story can be found here, and here’s a closer look at the tail back. Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds School/Hometown: Lakeridge High School (Lake Oswego, Oregon) Offers: Arizona, BYU, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Utah 2018 Stats: 210 carries, 1,846 yards, 25 touchdowns Rankings (via 247Sports): 921st overall, 61st running back, 6th in...