Las Vegas Bishop Gorman product Chase Jeter will decide on his college destination this week but won't announce his pick for another few weeks, reports CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello. The Arizona Wildcats join UCLA, UNLV and Duke as finalists for the 6'10 power forward, who is ranked by ESPN as the 13th-best prospect in the 2015 recruiting class.
"Coach [Sean] Miller, I got a chance to play for him at USA basketball," Jeter told Borzello. "That was a great opportunity for me to feel what the collegiate level is like under a top coach."
Jeter apparently hasn't been pursued by the Wildcats as much as the other three teams, which might indicate Arizona is a longshot to land him.
Sean Miller has point guard Justin Simon and swingman Ray Smith already verbally committed to the 2015 recruiting class, and there's work to be done to fill out a number of frontcourt spots that could open up should Kaleb Tarczewski and Brandon Ashley leave for the NBA.
There are plenty of options. Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star was in Vegas and watched No. 6 overall prospect Stephen Zimmerman go head-to-head against 6'10 center Chance Comanche, the 88th-ranked player by ESPN's standards. Both Miller and associate head coach Joe Pasternack were in attendance for that game, even though top-ranked Ivan Rabb wasn't playing. Rabb as at the U-17 national squad trials.
Rabb, a 6'10 power forward from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, is another Arizona big man target but there's going to be plenty of competition for him. He has discussed joining other top players in the class at Kentucky and Kansas, and although Arizona is apparently still in the mix, ZagsBlog reports that UA had to work against an assumption that's annoyed Rabb. The big man said he's had to shut out the noise that he'd land at Arizona just because he plays for the Oakland Soldiers, the former AAU club of Stanley Johnson, Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon.
"I used to get irritated the last few years people just always telling me since I'm playing for the Soldiers that I'm automatically going to Arizona, which is not true. But now I don't let it get to me. I'm just looking at them from a basketball player's standpoint. They have a good coach, they win a lot of games and they do some things that I like in their program."
Jeter may not choose Arizona, but soon it'll be a little more clear where Arizona is going as it fills in the expected holes in the frontcourt.