Jackson-Cartwright commitment big for UA

Parker Jackson-Cartwright

Arizona landed a huge 2014 commitment with Parker Jackson-Cartwright. What does his verbal commit mean for UA?

Arizona made a major statement on Sunday by picking up a commitment from 2014 Los Angeles Loyola point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright.

It's a very long list of talented point guards out west in 2014, but Jackson-Cartwright is right there with the best of the bunch and his commitment is huge for the Wildcats for a number of reasons.

First off, at 5-foot-8 and 145 pounds, Jackson-Cartwright is obviously undersized for the point guard position.

For Arizona, this is a good thing. Either Jackson-Cartwright grows and becomes an even better player than he's already projected to be, or he doesn't and the Wildcats have an ideal college point guard for four years.

Going into Los Angeles and stealing players with UCLA offers is not something Arizona has had much success with throughout its history. Guys like Hassan Adams and Grant Jerrett may be the only L.A. area prospects to turn down offers from UCLA to go to Arizona.

For Sean Miller to go into Los Angeles and land Jackson-Cartwright helps further establish himself in arguably the most important city for Arizona's recruiting efforts.

Parker Jackson-Cartwright is a kid that is highly respected and looked up to amongst his peers. Him choosing Arizona further adds to Miller's credibility on the West Coast, and will do nothing but help him with other recruitments in the region.

For the Wildcats, with Jackson-Cartwright on the board, Miller will finally have point guard stability for the first time since he arrived in Tucson.

Miller doesn't have to worry about recruiting another point guard for at least a couple years; the most important position in basketball is in good hands for the foreseeable future.

Arizona can now look to build its 2014 recruiting class around one of the most unselfish point guards in the country, and Miller's sales pitch to his top recruits such as Justise Winslow, Stanley Johnson, Justin Jackson, Dwayne Morgan, Craig Victor and Namon Wright has only improved.

Feb. 24, 2013, was an important day for Arizona Basketball. With Parker Jackson-Cartwright in the fold, Sean Miller has to feel that much better about the direction of his program.


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