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Arizona basketball: First look at Wildcats’ 2017 freshman class

We got a taste of what the new guys look like in the proper threads


There is a lot of hype surrounding the Arizona Wildcats’ 2017 freshman class, and Friday we got to see the first look of them in red and blue, as the team had its photo day.

Take a look:

Ira Lee

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Lee, from Southern California, is a 6-foot-8 forward, ranked 57th in the 2017 class.

DeAndre Ayton

The 7-foot Ayton, from Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, is the No. 3 recruit in 2017 (or No. 1 depending who is doing the evaluating).

Brandon Randolph

Got the world at my fingertips

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From Yonkers, New York, the 6-foot-5 Randolph is the No. 36 player in the 2017 class and No. 8 shooting guard.

Emmanuel Akot


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Akot, a 6-foot-7 forward from Canada, was originally a 2018 commit, but chose to reclassify and enroll at Arizona a year early.

Alex Barcello

Barcello is a 6-foot-2 guard from Tempe ranked 84th in the 2017 class.

Arizona’s 2017 class was ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 and No. 3 in college basketball as a whole. They will take the floor for the first time on Aug. 13 when Arizona plays its first of three exhibition games in Spain.

Bonus picture: Chase Jeter

From the D to the A put respect on it...

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This was the first time we got to see Duke transfer Chase Jeter in an Arizona uniform. The big man has two years of eligibility left, but has to sit out the 2017-18 season, per NCAA transfer rules.

Follow Ryan Kelapire on Twitter at @RKelapire