Arizona Wildcats land ESPN 100 heart Zeke Nnaji

Arizona put itself in competition for the No. 1 recruiting class within the nation on Friday afternoon, when ESPN 100 heart Zeke Nnaji introduced his dedication to the Wildcats.

“I will be enjoying school basketball and persevering with my training on the College of Arizona,” Nnaji stated throughout a ceremony at his highschool.

Nnaji selected Arizona over a ultimate checklist that additionally included Kansas, North Carolina, Purdue and UCLA. It was a recruitment that noticed a number of twists and turns. Kansas and Arizona had been lengthy perceived to be the 2 favorites, however Purdue made up some floor late. North Carolina wasn’t even on Nnaji’s ultimate checklist, however the Tar Heels emerged during the last month and introduced Nnaji on campus final week.

Nnaji, a 6-foot-11 heart from Hopkins Excessive College (Minnesota), is ranked No. 38 within the ESPN 100 for the 2019 class. He boosted his inventory in the course of the spring and summer season enjoying for the D1 Minnesota grassroots program on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit, averaging 14.5 factors and 5.9 rebounds whereas taking pictures higher than 60 p.c from the sector.

Sean Miller and Arizona now have 4 ESPN 100 prospects within the fold for 2019, with Nnaji becoming a member of five-star guards Josh Inexperienced and Nico Mannion, in addition to four-star small ahead Terry Armstrong. Excessive-ceiling three-star heart Christian Koloko rounds out the group. The Wildcats had the No. 4-ranked recruiting class coming into Friday, however are more likely to soar each Kentucky and USC. Louisville’s top-ranked class has 5 ESPN 100 prospects, however Arizona’s has two five-stars.

The incoming class will assist Arizona reload for the 2019-20 season. The Wildcats are anticipated to lose simply two gamers — former graduate transfers Justin Coleman and Ryan Luther — from this yr’s group.