Arizona got an early start on its 2014 recruiting class Sunday, landing a commitment from five-star point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright.
Jackson-Cartwright, who plays at Loyola High in Los Angeles, took an official visit to Tucson over the weekend and decided on Arizona over other finalists UCLA and Gonzaga.
The diminutive 5-foot-8, 145-pounder is averaging 14 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals a game this season. He is ranked by Scout.com as the sixth-best point guard and the 22nd-best player overall in the 2014 class. While his size likely limits his rankings, Jackson-Cartwright's recruiting profile cites his strengths as "basketball IQ," ability to finish and quickness on defense.
Arizona loses senior point guard Mark Lyons after this season but has T.J. McConnell, a transfer from Duquesne, waiting in the wings with two years of eligibility. McConnell was an All-Atlantic 10 player as a sophomore with averages of 11.4 points, 5.5 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7...