In-state recruit Jaron Hopkins' stock is rising. The four-star recruit, according to ESPN, had this mixtape released from his past season at Basha High School. He's probably headed to Dobson this next season, though a month or so back, Richard Obert at The Arizona Republic reported that some prep schools were also in the mix.
The 6-foot-4, 185 pound wing oddly doesn't have a ton of big-time offers. Luckily, the Arizona Wildcats have offered and appear to be in the mix.
While a bit on the thin side, Hopkins' upside lies in his smooth handles and slashing ability. His jump shot could apparently use some work, but his athleticism and ability to finish around the hoop is what sets him apart.
- Arizona receivers Dan Buckner and Terrence Miller have been named to the 2012 College Football Performance Awards watch list, the athletic department announced. In the next two weeks, a number of preseason watch-lists will be released and while we can't say this has any significance, it does bring up a good talking point on two receivers who have a lot of boom or bust potential. Buckner, of course, has the size and talent to be great but it's still yet to be proven whether he can be a Juron Criner-like man-beast. Likewise, Miller has showed potential as somewhat of a tight end-receiver hybrid type, but he struggled to find time last season, for whatever reason.
- Not Arizona related, but here's a quick look at two (actually) important and respectable preseason watch-lists that came out today.
- The athletic department also released its in-depth basketball prospectus to preview the 2012-13 season. Here's the full PDF file. The most interesting part of this whole thing is the questionaire with Sean Miller. Two interesting points are brought up. For one, it'll be interesting to see how quickly and effectively the seven newcomers gel. And sort of in the same light, the size of Arizona will be helpful. Miller used the phrase "death by inches" last year; this year, Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom will shift to their natural small forward positions, giving UA a couple more inches of size at the 3-5 positions.
- Athlon Sports released preseason Pac-12 offensive and defensive squads for the 2012 season. The Wildcats were pretty anemic -- the most in the conference -- for this season, according to the website. They only had UA players Tra'Mayne Bondurant and Kyle Quinn on the third teams. Arizona was the only team to have no players make either the first or second teams. Safe to say, nobody's giving the Wildcats much respect; I can't imagine that will translate to Rich Rodriguez's team being as bad as, say, Colorado or Utah, but that's why we play the games, right?