clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Arizona basketball: Highest ranked Wildcats recruits of all-time

Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson are the two highest ranked recruits to play at Arizona

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats have seen some of the highest ranked basketball recruits across the nation for quite some time now. Lute Olson built the program into what it is today, after leading the Wildcats for 24 years as the head coach. We saw interim coaches Kevin O'Neill and Russ Pennell man the ship before Sean Miller came to town in 2009.

Miller has earned the reputation as the best recruiter on the west coast, rivaling John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats for the No. 1 spot. 247Sports released their rankings of Arizona's all-time recruits, and Miller's recruiting success comes to light. Now a warning: By all-time, 247Sports actually means since the year 2000.

Below are the top 10 recruits to ever commit to Arizona.

Ndudi Ebi checks in as the No. 1 recruit in Arizona history, but he never actually played for the Wildcats. After committing to Arizona back in 2003 as the No. 3 ranked recruit in the nation, Ebi decided to skip the college process and head right into the NBA, taken 26th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ebi never found success in the NBA, playing in just 19 games over the span of two years. He's now been playing overseas since then.

It's odd that Ndudi Ebi is listed here, but Brandon Jennings is not, who committed to Arizona, but opted to play overseas before heading to the NBA. Had he been included, he would have been moved in at the No. 2 spot, boasting a .9996 score. Derrick Williams is also a no show on the list, which is odd considering the fact that he was committed to the program and came in as a freshman. 247 doesn't have him ranked, but he is a 92 overall according to ESPN.

So the top two guys to actually play at Arizona are Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson. There could be endless debates as to who was actually the better of the two and this reminds me of an article I wrote a while ago surrounding this debate. For me, I'll take Aaron Gordon.

A lot of the remaining top 10 are all Sean Miller prospects, and hopefully, Josh Jackson will soon be added to this list. Based on his current score of .9997, he would be ranked No. 2 of all the Arizona commits.

There are a total of 53 recruits that are ranked, and you can find the rest of them here.

We have Ray Smith checking in at No. 11, so that's very promising, especially considering the lack of recruits in this 2016 class. Brandon Ashley, Jerryd Bayless, Nick Johnson and J.P. Prince round out the top 15.

As far as the remaining recruits that are still with Arizona today, Justin Simon checks in at No. 17, Parker Jackson-Cartwright at No. 21, Chance Comanche is 23rd, Gabe York 26th, Elliott Pitts 34th, Kadeem Allen 36th and Dusan Ristic No. 44. Arizona's lone recruit for 2016, Lauri Markkanen, checks in at No. 33.

Other notable guys: Solomon Hill (20th), Kyryl Natyazhko (25th), Lamont Jones (28th), Daniel Bejarano (29th), Sidiki Johnson (30th), Kevin Parrom (31st), Nic Wise (32nd), Jordan Hill (42nd) and Kyle Fogg (43rd).