Nov. 14, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller announced Monday that Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. The quartet is expected to enroll in July.
Ashley, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward from Oakland, Calif., is ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect in the country and the No. 1 forward by scout.com to go with a scout grade of 97 by espn.com. Ashley, who currently preps at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., averaged 15.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a junior for Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland.
Before transferring to Findlay Prep, Ashley led Bishop O'Dowd to back-to-back CIF North Coast Division 3 titles in 2010 and 2011 and was named the 2010-11 Cal-Hi Sports state Junior of the Year (award given by class), the Division 3 Player of the Year and was a 2011 all-CIF North Coast Division 3AA performer.
One of the best combo forwards, Ashley has participated in the NBPA Top-100 camp, the LeBron James Skills Academy, the 2011 Boost Mobile Elite 24 game and the 2011 Pangos All-America game.
"He is someone we recruited from the start," said Miller. "Brandon is an incredible kid who I believe in as a person. He's a 6-foot-8 small forward who will remind people of a lot of former players in this program like Richard Jefferson."
Jerrett, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound power forward from the LaVerne, Calif., is ranked as the No. 23 overall prospect in the country and the No. 4 power forward by scout.com to go with a scout grade of 97 by espn.com. Jerrett, who preps at LaVerne Lutheran High School, averaged 18.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.4 blocked shots per game as a junior for coach Eric Cooper Sr. He led LLHS to the 2011 California Division 3 state championship game, where he posted 16 points and 10 boards.
Highly skilled with great footwork, Jerrett was an all-CIF Southern Section Division 3AA performer in 2011 and has participated in the NBPA Top-100 camp, the LeBron James Skills Academy and the 2011 Boost Mobile Elite 24 game.
"Momentum is a big part of recruiting and he was our first commitment and gave us credibility early in the process," said Miller. "He has great hands and is very versatile."
Tarczewski (pronounced Tar-ZOO-Ski), a 7-foot, 220-pound center from Southborough, Mass., is ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect in the country and the No. 5 center by scout.com to go with a scout grade of 97 by espn.com. Tarczewski, who preps at St. Mark's School, averaged 17.0 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior for coach Dave Lubick. He's helped the Lions to three consecutive NEPSAC championship games, including the Class AA title game last season.
A first-team all-NEPSAC Class AA selection, Tarczewski has participated in the adidas Nations top-50 camp, the adidas Super 64, the Double Pump Best of the Summer event and the Peach Jam tournament.
"Very seldom is it possible to get a seven-footer," said Miller. "Kaleb can run, he has great hands and he loves the low post. His presence on the court can help us."
York, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard from Orange, Calif., is ranked as the No. 42 overall prospect in the country and the No. 9 center by scout.com to go with a scout grade of 95 by espn.com. York, who preps at Orange Lutheran High School, averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game as a junior for coach Chris Nordstrom. He helped the Lancers to a 15-4 record last season and a berth in the Division 3 state tournament.
A great long-range shooter and a spectacular leaper, York has participated in the NBPA Top-100 camp, the 2011 Boost Mobile Elite 24 game and the 2011 Pangos All-America game
"Gabe is an exceptional scorer who can shoot the three," said Miller. "His ability to score is really exciting."
Miller and his staff have earned national recognition for this recruiting class as a whole. ESPN.com ranks the class as the best in the nation, and rivals.com also lists the class as No. 1.
"We are very, very excited about this class and certain things about it from a program perspective, like the gift of size," Miller continued. "One common theme is that they are really humble kids and they are winners. They could help us build the deepest and most versatile team in our time here at Arizona."
Miller and the Wildcats continue the 2011-12 campaign Thursday vs. St John's in New York City as part of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. EST and can be seen on ESPN2.