Practicing in the gym. Having a start date. Eventually getting a schedule. Those are some of the things that make any impending college basketball season feel real. These days, being in early rankings and talking about highly-rated recruiting classes are also part of the mix for Arizona women’s basketball.
With signing day just over a month away, Arizona fans can take comfort in the fact that Adia Barnes and her staff are preparing for the day when Aari McDonald and Sam Thomas move on.
All three of Arizona’s recruits earned at least four stars from the recruiting service. Madison Conner, who will come to Tucson from the Phoenix area, is Arizona’s highest-ranked recruit at No. 71.
Shane Laflin writes, “Conner is a fundamental shooter with extreme confidence on the floor. Aaronette Vonleh (No. 100) is a powerful post player whose brother is Denver Nuggets forward Noah Vonleh. Arizona continues to be successful in landing international recruits, and that is evident in Anna Gret Asi, a 4.5-star point guard from Estonia who can run the show.”
As expected, Arizona isn’t the only Pac-12 team expected to sign a talented group in November. Their No. 15 ranking places them fourth in the Pac-12. The Wildcats were joined by Stanford (No. 6), USC (No. 7), Oregon State (No. 8), Washington (No. 16) and ASU (No. 23).
The Wildcats have the possibility of climbing even higher if uncommitted point guard Kyndall Hunter joins the fray. Arizona joins fellow Pac-12 programs USC and ASU in the No. 24 recruit’s top 10. Barnes has also offered uncommitted guard Khylee Pepe who is ranked 83rd.
Barnes said earlier in the offseason that she is hoping to add one more player to the class, despite the recruiting challenges that exist because of the coronavirus crisis.