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3-star DT Kane Bradford commits to Arizona

3-star DT Kane Bradford commits to Arizona

Yet another Texas commit for the Wildcats Another day, another Texas commit for the Arizona Wildcats. A day after landing three-star linebacker Derrion Clark, the UA received a commitment from three-star defensive tackle Kane Bradford on Sunday. #committed @ArizonaFBall pic.twitter.com/TxVba26aNR— Kane Bradford (@kanebradford214) June 24, 2018 Like Clark, Bradford is from Dallas. Bradford attends Skyline High School; Clark attends South Oak Cliff. Bradford is unranked by 247Sports, but does have an offer from Baylor. He is listed at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds. His stats are...
5 hours ago
Chase Jeter appears in 2019 NBA mock draft

Chase Jeter appears in 2019 NBA mock draft

The Arizona big man is projected to be a late second-round pick by one site The Arizona Wildcats usually produce one or two NBA Draft picks a year, but reaching that milestone could be a challenge in 2019. The Wildcats’ top freshman is Brandon Williams, who was the No. 34 recruit in his class, and they aren’t returning a single player who was a major contributor in 2017-18. Still, one draft site believes a Wildcat will be drafted in 2019. It just might not be who you think. NBADraft.net projects Chase Jeter will be selected in the second round by the Oklahoma City Thunder — the 50th...
7 hours ago
What condition is Arizona’s defensive line in?

What condition is Arizona’s defensive line in?

We check on each position group to give it a condition of either strong, stable, unstable, serious, or critical. Welcome to a new series in which we try to determine if the Arizona Wildcats’ position groups are in strong, stable, unstable, serious, or critical condition. First up is the defensive line. Projected starters: Justin Belknap, PJ Johnson, Dereck Boles, Backups: JB Brown, My-King Johnson, Adam Plant, Nahe Sulunga, Sione Taufahema, Mykee Irving, Finton Connolly, Kurtis Brown, Jalen Cochran Justin Belknap is a seasoned veteran, entering his third season as a starter. The former...
22 hours ago
3-star linebacker Derrion Clark commits to Arizona

3-star linebacker Derrion Clark commits to Arizona

The Wildcats add another Texas prospect The Arizona Wildcats continue to add talent from Texas. The UA received a commitment from three-star linebacker Derrion Clark on Saturday. Clark attends South Oak Cliff High School in Dallas. The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker is the No. 1,826 player in the 2019 class, per 247Sports composite rankings. Clark is also the No. 78 inside linebacker and No. 299 player in the state of Texas. He is officially visiting Arizona this weekend. The UA was his only Power-Five offer. Clark earned AP Class 5A first-team all-state honors as a junior and sophomore. In...
Jun 23, 2018
Dusan Ristic to join Suns, Deandre Ayton for NBA Summer League, per report

Dusan Ristic to join Suns, Deandre Ayton for NBA Summer League, per report

Reunited! Think you’ve seen the last of the Dusan Ristic-Deandre Ayton frontcourt? Think again. Ristic is joining his former Arizona teammate and the Phoenix Suns for NBA Summer League as an undrafted free agent, his agent Chris Patrick Jr. told Jordan Schultz of Yahoo! Sports. #Arizona C Dusan Ristic is playing with the #Suns summer league team, #UVA F Isaiah Wilkins with the #Rockets and #Vanderbilt F Jeff Roberson with the #Warriors, agent @ChrisPatrickJr has informed me.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 23, 2018 Of course, the Suns chose Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick...
Jun 23, 2018
Why are top recruits flocking to Arizona women’s basketball?

Why are top recruits flocking to Arizona women’s basketball?

Four- and five-star recruits are flocking to a women’s basketball program that has struggled for a decade. Why? When Adia Barnes walked onto campus as a freshman in 1994, the Arizona women’s basketball team had never been to the NCAA Tournament. Then-head coach Joan Bonvicini was three years into building the program after a successful stint at Long Beach State that included two trips to the Final Four. Just as he did when he hired Lute Olson, then-UA athletic director Cedric Dempsey made a splash with his choice to lead an Arizona basketball program. Bonvicini’s program would make...
Jun 23, 2018
Roundtable: Did Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier leave Arizona too early or too late?

Roundtable: Did Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier leave Arizona too early or too late?

Or did they leave at the right time? Let’s discuss. Rawle Alkins and Allonzo Trier went undrafted, joining Kobi Simmons, Chance Comanche, and Brandon Ashley as Arizona Wildcats who left school early only to go unselected in the NBA Draft. Would Alkins and Trier have been better off returning to school? Should they have left the UA sooner than they did? Did they leave at the right time? Our staff discussed it. Zant Reyez: I was surprised about Rawle Alkins not being taken. I saw plenty of mock drafts have him as a second round pick. The odds were slim for Allonzo Trier to be picked, as his...
Jun 22, 2018
Arizona in the Top 4 for 3-star safety Mark Perry

Arizona in the Top 4 for 3-star safety Mark Perry

The Wildcats are in a good spot for the SoCal safety The Arizona Wildcats are starting to make some in-roads in the Inland Empire. Three-star safety Mark Perry from Rancho Cucamonga (CA) High School named his four finalists on Friday, and Arizona made the cut along with Arizona State, Colorado, and Nevada. Top 4 #LLEGB pic.twitter.com/aybhmaKUCD— XX (@_Mperry20) June 23, 2018 Perry is currently on an official visit to Colorado. He’s the 65th safety in the 2019 class and the 857th player overall, according to 247Sports composite rankings. Perry is an underrated safety. He played on...
Jun 22, 2018
Wildcat Radio Podcast: On Arizona football recruiting, the NBA Draft, and more

Wildcat Radio Podcast: On Arizona football recruiting, the NBA Draft, and more

Our Gabe Encinas and Brandon Combs joined the podcast this week Gabe Encinas and Brandon Combs of Arizona Desert Swarm joined the Wildcat Radio Podcast this week to discuss Deandre Ayton and the NBA Draft, Arizona football recruiting, and other UA-related things. Listen by playing it below or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, TuneIn Radio, Google Play or any other podcast player.
Jun 22, 2018
Rawle Alkins’ contract with Raptors is an Exhibit 10, per report

Rawle Alkins’ contract with Raptors is an Exhibit 10, per report

What exactly does that mean? After going undrafted, former Arizona Wildcats guard Rawle Alkins has signed an Exhibit 10 contract with the Toronto Raptors, according to Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic. You don’t know what that is? You’re not alone. An Exhibit 10 contract is a one-year non-guaranteed minimum contract with a bonus that “can pay the player from $5,000 to $50,000 if the player is waived by his NBA team, signs with the D-League, is assigned to the NBA team’s G League affiliate, and stays there at least 60 days,” according to CBAFAQ.com. Essentially, Alkins got a...
Jun 22, 2018
Deandre Ayton officially introduced by Suns, and here are the highlights

Deandre Ayton officially introduced by Suns, and here are the highlights

Ayton is back in Arizona, and he’s going to be here for a while Roughly 24 hours after selecting Arizona Wildcats big man Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns introduced their prized rookie — and the rest of their draft class — to the local media. The entire press conference can be found at the end of the article, but here were Ayton’s highlights... Ayton on having his name called as the No. 1 pick... “It was mind-blowing. It was a dream come true. I was starstruck. To see the reaction on my parents’ faces was priceless. As I got to the podium and...
Jun 22, 2018
Khalil Tate named No. 4 player, top QB in college football by Sports Illustrated

Khalil Tate named No. 4 player, top QB in college football by Sports Illustrated

Has an Arizona player ever received this much hype? The anticipation for Khalil Tate to roam the gridiron this fall continues to build as more pre-season accolades become attached to the Arizona Wildcats’ junior quarterback. Sports Illustrated named Tate as the fourth-best player and top quarterback in its list of the Top 100 College Football Players of 2018. No other QB made the top-10. “When he captivated the college football-viewing masses by repeatedly shredding Pac-12 defenses last season, Tate was a revelation—an out-of-left-field jolt for a team that had dropped two of its...
Jun 22, 2018
After drafting Deandre Ayton, Suns want to strengthen relationship with Sean Miller

After drafting Deandre Ayton, Suns want to strengthen relationship with Sean Miller

Phoenix might even have its head coach exchange ideas with Miller The Phoenix Suns received the No. 1 pick for the first time in franchise history and used that privilege to select Deandre Ayton. That’s a huge investment (literally), so you can bet Suns management did plenty of background research before deciding on the Bahamian big man. That included a 90-minute phone call with Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller, who gave the Suns insight on what it’s like to coach Ayton and how Ayton handled the well-documented controversy that surrounded the UA program during his freshman...
Jun 22, 2018
Rawle Alkins to sign with Raptors as undrafted free agent, per report

Rawle Alkins to sign with Raptors as undrafted free agent, per report

The Savage Life is heading north of the border Rawle Alkins was a surprising omission in the 2018 NBA Draft, but he has already found a new home. The former Arizona Wildcats guard has agreed to a training camp deal with the Toronto Raptors, according to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. Source: Arizona wing Rawle Alkins has agreed to a training camp deal with the Toronto Raptors.— Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) June 22, 2018 It does not appear Alkins signed a two-way contract like ex-teammate Allonzo Trier inked with the Knicks. The 6-foot-5 Alkins averaged 13.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, and...
Jun 22, 2018
Allonzo Trier not selected in 2018 NBA Draft

Allonzo Trier not selected in 2018 NBA Draft

This was expected Despite being one of the top scorers in college basketball, Allonzo Trier was not selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. It’s an unsurprising fate, as he was not listed in any major mock draft. Rawle Alkins went undrafted, too, which was a surprise. They join Brandon Ashley as Wildcats who left school early only to go undrafted. Trier’s NBA dream is far from over, though. He is expected to be a coveted undrafted free agent, and should get a chance to compete in NBA Summer League in July. If he performs well there, he can earn an invite to an NBA training camp, which can then...