The Arizona Wildcats went to Europe to find their most recent addition to the 2020 class, and now Asia may be in play for the next piece of the recruiting puzzle.
Arizona has recently made a scholarship offer to Tibet Gorener, a 4-star forward from Turkey who has spent the past two years at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif. Creighton has also reached out to Gorener, who 247Sports ranks as the No. 147 prospect in the 2020 class as well as the No. 31 small forward in the country and the 20th-best player in California.
At 6-foot-8 and 195 pounds, Gorener would bring skill and a nice shooting touch to the frontcourt, something the Wildcats otherwise don’t have. He told 247Sports’ Josh Gershon he considers his shooting his best attribute but that he is an underrated athlete with improved ball handling.
Here is what he said about Arizona: “Their playing style really fits me. I think and they have a really good strength coach which would benefit me. They have the same vision I have and our goals align.”
Gorener told Gershon he plans to decide his school—Connecticut, Nebraska and Utah State are also in the mix—in the next month.
The Wildcats have three 2020 signees so far, the most recent being Estonian point guard Kerr Kriisa, who committed over the weekend to join 4-star wings Dalen Terry and Ben Mathurin. Arizona has also added two transfers, former Georgetown point guard James Akinjo and ex-Seattle shooting guard Terrell Brown, but still have three open roster spots heading into the 2020-21 season.
Here are some of Gorener’s highlights: