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April 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Arizona leads Pac-12 recruiting rankings

While most secured the bulk of their 2012 recruits during the early-signing period last November, a few Pac-12 teams still have some work to do.
Washington has three scholarships to offer and it will use one on junior-college standout Mark McLaughlin, who is expected to sign Wednesday when the regular-signing period begins.
The Huskies are hoping to land standout Canadian big man Anthony Bennett and will likely save a spot for another big man. One likely candidate includes 6-8 French forward William Howard.
Meanwhile, UCLA is in the running to sign Shabazz Muhammad, who is considered the No. 1 prospect in the nation according to Rivals. The Bruins signed Kyle Anderson, a 6-8 guard out of New Jersey, who is No. 2 on the list.
Oregon has four available scholarships although it’s not expected to use all of them. Similar to Washington, the Ducks received a commitment last week from a junior-college wing who needed mature and they’re also in the running for Bennett.
Utah received a commitment from Los Angeles point guard Brandon Taylor and USC landed 6-foot-3 combo guard Brendyn Taylor from Los Angeles.
Here’s a recap of our Pac-12 recruiting rankings following the early-signing period.


PAC-12 2012 RECRUITING RANKINGS
Name ………………. Pos. ….. Ht/Wt. ….. Hometown ………………. ESPN-Rivals-Scout star ratings

1. ARIZONA
Brandon Ashley ……… F …….. 6-8/215 …… Oakland, CA …………. 5-5-5
Grant Jerrett ………….. C ……. 6-10/220 …. LaVerne, CA ………….. 5-4-5
Kaleb Tarczewski ……. C ……. 7-0/220 …… Southborough, Mass. …. 5-5-5
Gabe York ……………. G ……. 6-1/170 …… Orange, Calif. …………… 4-4-4
Summary: It’s a wrap. Wildcats will win the recruiting war in the Pac-12 in 2012. All that remains to be seen is where they fall nationally. Many analysts believe they’ll overtake Indiana for the top spot in the land. This class is loaded with three players in the top 10 on ESPN’s list. Coach Sean Miller is rebuilding a dynasty in the desert.
2. UCLA
Jordan Adams ………… G/F … 6-5/230 …… Lawrenceville, GA ……. 4-4-4
Kyle Anderson ………… F …… 6-7/210 …… Fairview, NJ ……………. 5-5-5
Summary: The Bruins lost point guard Dominic Artis, but it won’t matter if they can Shabazz Muhammad, who is considered among the top three prospects in the nation.
3. COLORADO
Wesley Gordon ……… F ……. 6-8/205 ….. Colorado Springs, CO …… 3-3-4
Chris Jenkins ………… F …… 6-7/185 ……. Detroit ……………………. 2-3-NR
Xavier Johnson ……… G/F …. 6-6/180 …… Santa Ana, CA …………… 4-4-4
Josh Scott ……………. F ……. 6-9/215 ….. Monument, CO …………… 4-4-4
Xavier Talton …….. PG … 6-1/175 …. Sterling, CO …………… 2-3-NR
Summary: Moving to the Pac-12 is paying early dividends for the Buffaloes. Nabbing Johnson bolsters the depth in the backcourt and he’ll compete for a starting job. Scott is the top prospect in the state.
4. STANFORD
Roscoe Allen ………….. F ……. 6-9/205 ….. Las Vegas …………….. 4-4-4
Christian Sanders ……. G …… 6-4/185 ……. Houston ………………… 3-3-3
Grant Verhoeven ……… C …… 6-9/220 ….. Visalia, CA …………… 4-3-4
Summary: Allen is the star of Stanford’s class, who had offers from North Carolina, Arizona and UCLA. However, Verhoeven was a must-get for the Cardinal. He’s a blue-collar power forward who will likely play quality minutes as a backup next season.
5. OREGON
Dominic Artis …………. G …… 5-11/175 ….. Richmond, CA ………… 4-4-4
Ben Carter ………….. PF ….. 6-8/215 …. Las Vegas …………….. 3-3-3
Damyean Dotson …… SF …. 6-6/190 ….. Houston ……………… 3-NR-3
Summary: The Ducks received a commitment from JC guard Devon Branch, but the big question is whether Artis can lure Bennett, a former teammate at Findlay Prep, to Eugene, Ore. If Oregon lands Bennett, the Ducks vault into the top three of the Pac-12’s incoming freshmen classes. Artis is also expected to step in immediately and take over the offense.
6. WASHINGTON STATE
Brett Boese …………. SF …. 6-7/210 ………. Spokane, WA …….. 2-NR-NR
Demarquise Johnson … SG … 6-6/190 ……… Pontiac, MI ……. 3-3-4
Richard Longrus ……. SF …. 6-7/210 ……….. Oakland ……….. 2-2-3
Richard Peters …………. PF ….. 6-10/250 …….. Toronto …….. 3-3-3
Summary: Johnson and Peters are still attempting to gain a qualifying score on the SAT that would allow them to be eligible next season. They’ll have a few more opportunities to take the test in the spring and summer. WSU desperately needs a big man like Peters and could use Johnon’s offensive gifts.
7. ARIZONA STATE
Eric Jacobsen ………. F/C …. 6-10/230 … Chandler, AZ ……………… 3-3-NR
Kenny Martin ………… F ……. 6-9/210 … Glendale, AZ ……………… 3-3-NR
Calaen Robinson ……. G ……. 6-3/155 … Chandler, AZ …………….. 3-3-3
Summary: The Sun Devils thought they finished recruiting for 2012, but recent defections has opened spots on the roster. Arizona State has two and possibly three scholarships to offer.
8. UTAH
Josh Hearlihy ……….. F ……. 6-7/210 … North Hollywood, CA …… 2-NR-NR
Jordan Loveridge …… F ……. 6-6/225 … West Jordan, Utah ……… 4-3-3
Justin Seymour …… SG …. 6-3/196 …. Smyrna, GA ………… 2-NR-3
Summary: Two players returning from LDS Church missions: Dallin Bachynski, a 6-11 center from Calgary, Alberta, and Jeremy Olsen, a 6-10 forward from Lawrenceville, Ga.
9. OREGON STATE
Langston Morris-Walker …. G/F … 6-5/200 …….Berkeley, CA ……………. 2-3-3
Maika Ostling ………………. C ……. 6-10/230 …. Dayton, Ore. ………………. 2-3-2
Jarmal Reid ……………………. F ……… 6-7/225 …… Columbia, Ga. …………….. 2-4-4
Summary: Coach Craig Robinson is bringing in athletic players to play his brand of basketball. Ostling is an important addition because he’s one of the top players in the state. Reid might be the first four-star, out-of-state recruit in a long time.
10. USC
Strahinja Gavrilovic …… F ……. 6-8/220 … Kragujevac, Serbia ……………… NR-NR-NR
J.T. Terrell …………….. G …… 6-3/175 …. Port Angeles, WA ………… 4-4-4*
Summary: The Trojans are expected to sign 6-foot-3 combo guard Brendyn Taylor from Los Angeles and apparently he replaces Larry Lewis who decommitted from USC and chose to reclassify for 2013. Terrell, who transferred from Wake Forest, is good enough to compete for a starting spot next season. He’s a prolific scorer who averaged 24 points at Peninsula College in Port Angeles.
11. CALIFORNIA
Kaileb Rodriguez …… F …… 6-9/220 … Highlands Ranch, CO ……. 2-NR-NR
Tyrone Wallace …… PG … 6-4/180 … Bakersfield, CA ………… 3-4-4
Summary: Last year the Golden Bears failed to make a big splash in recruiting and it remains to be seen if this year’s group will Cal fans excited. Wallace has potential he’s the first four-star recruit since Allen Crabbe. Wallace is a combo guard who will likely get minutes next season.
Regular signing period: April 11, 2012 -May 16

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