Arizona coach, Sean Miller, responds to a game call in the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Oregon on Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Eugene, Oregon. (AP Photo / Chris Pietsch)
Arizona Wildcats and Sean Miller have received the four-star wing Bennedict Mathurin, he told 247 Sports.
Mathurin is ranked 72nd in the country by 247 Sports and is number 18 of the small strikers in the class. The 6-foot-6 wing has excelled in the NBA Academy Latin America.
Miller’s recruitment class didn’t quite catch up at the beginning of 2020, when Mathurin joined the four-star guard and overall winner No. 33, Dalen Terry, as the only other commit in the class of 2020. In 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball, the remaining top prospects are unlikely to go to Arizona.
The Wildcats naturally come from an outstanding class of 2019, which includes the five-star Nico Mannion and Josh Green as well as the four-star Zeke Nnaji, which has already exceeded its strong rating. All three have NBA draft buzz and are expected to go into the first round of ESPN, with Mannion threatening to move into the top 10.
There Miller has to look at members of his current squad like newcomer Christian Koloko, second student Brandon Williams and younger Ira Lee to take a step forward. The big name to keep an eye on is Jordan Brown, a five-star power forward at number 19 in 2018 that moved from Nevada to Arizona. He currently sits out for a year and will be eligible for funding next season.
Arizona is 11-5 this season when they are in the middle of the Pac-12 schedule. They were swept up on the streets by schools in Oregon and will compete against Utah and Colorado at home.