For the second consecutive year the Arizona Wildcats lured the West region's No. 1 player -- Stanley Johnson -- to Tucson after snagging Aaron Gordon the previous year. The Pac-12 will have to keep up that recruiting prowess if it's to remain amongst the nation's elite. After bagging six NCAA tournament bids in March, that number could be hard to repeat, as the conference lost a bevy of talent to the NBA in Gordon, Spencer Dinwiddie, Nick Johnson, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams, Jahii Carson, and Dwight Powell. However, the league gets an influx of talent, including Johnson, Kevon Looney (UCLA), Jordan McLaughlin (USC) and Brekkott Chapman (Utah) to keep that momentum going.
Sean Miller and his staff have established the Wildcats as a national recruiting powerhouse. It starts with acquiring Stanley Johnson. Miller will have a power wing-type scorer who is both physically and mentally ready to make an immediate impact as a freshman. With Gordon heading to the draft, the Wildcats needed some frontcourt help, and they got it in the versatile Craig Victor. In addition, the Wildcats found a sleeper in the mammoth Dusan Ristic, who has the skill to make an impact once he adds strength and conditioning. In the backcourt, Miller targeted Parker Jackson-Cartwright, who, at the very least, should be a more than capable backup for T.J. McConnell. Despite his size, Jackson-Cartwright has the savvy, skill, and basketball IQ to flourish next season. To make up for the loss of Pac-12 POY Nick Johnson, Miller went the junior college route and snagged one of the elite versatile guards in the talented Kadeem Allen.