Wildcats ink another outstanding recruiting class; ranked top-three nationally
TUCSON, Ariz. ?- University of Arizona men’s basketball coach Lute Olson announced Wednesday that five student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to attend the school and play basketball. The quintet will report to the school in the fall of 2007.
Jerryd Bayless, Jamelle Horne, Alex Jacobson, Zane Johnson and Laval Lucas-Perry each inked letters-of-intent during the first day of the November early signing period. Each of the players was ranked among the top 30 nationally at his position. The class was rated as No. 3 nationally by rivals.com.
“We are very pleased with this class,” said Olson. “Each of these guys is a quality individual and a great addition to the program. We feel very good about adding this group to our program.”
Bayless, a 6-foot-3, 193-pound guard from
“Jerryd is an explosive athlete and a great scorer,” said Olson. “From a personal standpoint, he is a great person and an outstanding student. When we recruit, we look for character, and Jerryd is just that.”
Horne, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward from
“Jamelle reminds me of Richard Jefferson,” said Olson. “He’s very athletic and a great defender”
Jacobson, a 7-foot-1, 223-pound center from
“Alex has such a great work ethic,” said Olson. “He has soft hands and is very good around the basket”
Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound forward from
“Zane is a great outside shooter with a lot of potential,” said Olson. “He’s a heady basketball player and his knowledge of the game will help us.”
Lucas-Perry, a 6-foot-1, 191-pound guard from Grand
“We feel that
The Wildcats, ranked No. 10 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 poll, open the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 12 at