Five-star recruit Lauren Ware is officially visiting the Arizona Wildcats this weekend, per a source.
The 6-foot-5 post player is the No. 30 player in the 2020 class, according to ESPN. Ware recently released her top five, which includes Arizona, UCLA, Tennessee, Texas and Minnesota.
If the Wildcats land her, she would be the second-highest ranked recruit the school has ever reeled in, only behind sophomore forward Cate Reese, who was the No. 12 player in 2018 and averaged 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman in 2018-19.
As a junior, Ware averaged 17.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 4.6 blocks and 2.1 assists per game at Century High School in Bismarck, North Dakota, leading them to a state championship and a perfect 27-0 record.
Here’s what Walter Villa wrote about Ware’s game in a profile for ESPNW:
She’s extremely athletic for her height, running the floor impressively. She is learning to face the basket more, extending her range to the 3-point line.
Defensively, Ware communicates well and can guard perimeter or post players. She’s an excellent rim protector, and she usually does it without getting into foul trouble.
Ware is also a standout volleyball player and hopes to play both sports in college. Arizona is willing to let her, according to a source.
Arizona’s 2019 recruiting class did not include any American-born players, and so far its 2020 class only includes Turkish point guard Derin Erdogan.
Adding Ware would be an outstanding way for Arizona to reestablish itself in the domestic market and help continue its ascension toward the top half of the Pac-12.