Zeke Nnaji's commitment pushes Arizona's recruiting class to No. 1

Sean Miller has a five-man class with a freshman at every position

This might be a season in which the Arizona basketball team doesn't crack the Top 25, doesn't contend for the Pac-12 title and fails to reach coach Sean Miller's average of 27.4 victories per season.

The Wildcats might merely aspire to be a fringe NCAA Tournament team.

We'll see about all that -- the 4-2 Wildcats still have plenty of runway this season, with 25 regular-season games remaining -- but Miller keeps sending a message that UA fans won't have to wait too long for takeoff.

Miller added a fifth commitment to his recruiting class on Friday when Zeke Nnaji, announced he had picked the Cats over Kansas, Purdue, North Carolina and UCLA. Nnaji, a 6-11 forward from Hopkins, Minn., is a four-star recruit who is rated the 35th-best prospect in the country in the 247Sports Composite.

And with that, Arizona has a five-man class rated No. 1 in the country in the 247 Composite and Rivals.com.

Miller has put together a balanced class with point guard Nico Mannion (No. 14 nationally in the 247 Composite), perimeter players Josh Green (No. 11) and Terry Armstrong (No. 58), a 6-foot-10 frontcourt player in Nnaji and a 7-footer in Christian Koloko (No. 166) with intriguing upside.

And, don't forget, Cornell transfer power forward Stone Gettings is expected to join the team for the spring semester and play his final season in 2019-20, providing more frontcourt help to a team that desperately needs it. Gettings averaged 16.7 points and 6.6 rebounds last season.

As for Nnaji, his reputation is as a full-service frontcourt player.

Matt Moreno, who operates goazcats.com and has extensively seen Nnaji play, wrote this:

"We have watched the Minnesota native quite a bit this year and he has remained consistent whenever we see him in action. What stands out most about his game is his versatility and he is someone the Wildcats will be able to play at either front court spot, but he is able to do things that will help UA in different ways.

"His rebounding stands out but his ability to really play from anywhere on the floor is where he will be a big benefit to Arizona. The Wildcats are continuing to have more interchangeable parts on the floor and have even played some smaller lineups this year that feature more players who can handle the ball and pass. Nnaji does all those things and he does it at 6-foot-11.

"Nnaji's ability to make passes from the post might end up being what Miller likes most about the four-star big man."

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vegasallen
vegasallen

They fired Lavin with a similar record. Not too thrilled that UCLA will get a coaching upgrade. Kind of obscene that Alford gets millions on the way out but that's on the AD. Would like to see your take on this Anthony.

vegasallen
vegasallen

Does anyone want to start the countdown on the possible/probable termination of Steve Alford?