Will the Arizona Wildcats be landing the top point guard prospect on the market?
We should know sooner rather than later.
2018 five-star recruit Trevon Duval told USA Today that he plans to choose a school “soon” and that he is “ready to get (the process) over with.”
No. 1 PG Trevon Duval on his impending decision: "I'm ready to get it over with. I'm gonna do it soon." Duval's Blog coming soon...— Jason Jordan (@JayJayUSATODAY) April 27, 2017
The McDonald’s All-American is considering Arizona along with Duke, Kansas, Baylor, and Seton Hall.
Duke is widely considered to be the favorite, as 247Sports’ Crystal Ball overwhelmingly predicts Duval will be a Blue Devil.
Duval is the No. 5 player in the 2017 class and the No. 2 point guard, only behind Alabama signee Collin Sexton.
The NCAA’s late signing period ends May 17, so Duval has to make a decision within the next two and a half weeks.
Arizona currently has the No. 3 recruiting class in the country and already signed a point guard in Alex Barcello, who is the No. 78 player in the 2017 class.
Unlike Barcello, Duval profiles as a one-and-done. DraftExpress.com currently projects Duval as the 11th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Arizona is also waiting for Brian Bowen to make his decision. Bowen, the No. 18 player in the 2017 class, is deciding between Arizona, Michigan State, Creighton, Texas, and N.C. State.
The 6-foot-7 McDonald’s All-American said he plans to commit by the end of April. The most recent Crystal Ball predictions have Bowen choosing Creighton.
The Bluejays hired Alan Huss as an assistant coach on April 20. Huss was an assistant coach at New Mexico the last three years, but was the head coach at La Lumiere School — Bowen’s school — prior to that. Huss did not coach Bowen while there, however.
Bowen said he is waiting to see how the rosters of the schools in his top five change before making a decision.
Arizona is in wait-and-see mode, in that regard. Rawle Alkins and Chance Comanche both declared for the NBA Draft but have yet to hire an agent, leaving the door open to a return.
Alkins’ decision could greatly impact Bowen’s choice, as Alkins would likely be penciled in as a starter for Arizona, potentially leaving only a bench role for Bowen since Allonzo Trier will presumably start at the other wing spot.
Alkins and Comanche have until May 24 to decide if they will be returning to Arizona next season, so it would not be surprising to see Bowen push back his decision date (again) as a result.
In the meantime, Duval appears to be on the verge of making his decision.
Duval could become Arizona’s highest-ranked point guard commit in the Sean Miller era. Currently that title is held by Josiah Turner, who was the No. 3 point guard in 2011.
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