Gabe York committed to the Arizona Wildcats nearly a month ago, just at the beginning of the most intense recruiting season for college basketball coaches. The 2012 combo guard shot his way up the rankings for some recruiting services, and on Monday, ESPN recruiting expert Paul Biancardi said York was his man for the biggest breakout performance of the July recruiting period. After following him over last month, here's what he had to say regarding the future Wildcat:
I watched Compton Magic SG Gabe York (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran) drop 46 points on a talented and stacked Indiana Elite team in Indianapolis. York fires up 3s in a confident manner and he can stop on a dime and make them in transition. In pick-and-roll action, he makes his defender pay when he goes under the screen and can hit stare-down jumpers behind the arc. Whenever his team gets an offensive rebound, his teammates would search him out and would quickly get him a shot behind the line. If you get too close and crowd him he will drive it, and he has the savvy to create fouls and score from the free throw line. He has a true scorer's mentality.
More recently, while playing for the USA Red Team on Friday at the Adidas Nation tournament in California, Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star said that York dropped 29 points to go with seven rebounds in a win against the Australian national team.
It's all good news for UA head coach Sean Miller, who could have the best shooting one-two punch off the bench if now-rising sophomore Jordin Mayes and York spell starters Josiah Turner and Nick Johnson in the backcourt in 2012-13.
While we know the 6-foot-1, 170-pound York has a lot to work on as far as his decision-making and point guard IQ, there's not a question that, as is, he's the type of electric shooter that can be highly valuable, especially as a spark off the bench in his first few years at Arizona.