New Face, New Place: University of Arizona

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Lauri Markannen:

Lauri is a 6’11” postman from Finland. As a 5-star recruit, he should be able to play extensive minutes and be a dominant force for the Wildcats. Don’t be surprised if he receives plenty of praise from fans as well as people from around the country. He should be able to fulfill the paint and give Arizona a chance to make a post-season run.

Kobi Simmons:

Out of Georgia, Kobi will be the floor general for the Wildcats this upcoming season. He is ranked at #20 on the ESPN100 list and played in the McDonald’s All-America Game. He chose the University of Arizona over powerhouse Kentucky due to the relationship he has already built with Head Coach, Sean Miller. He also said in an interview that the fans of Arizona should expect him to bring play-making abilities to the floor.

Rawle Alkins:

Listed as a 6’4” small forward, Rawle is a 5-star recruit out of Brooklyn, New York. Sitting one spot back on the ESPN100 list behind Kobi, Alkins is #21 on the list. You can expect him to be a nice compliment to the team and a major piece of the puzzle in big games. He was recruited by countless schools but Arizona finished on top.

Keanu Pinder:

Keanu is also a small forward and is listed at 6’8”. He is a transfer from Hutchinson Community College, a small college where he played in Hutchinson, Kansas. Instead of being an offensive superstar, he will act as a defensive wizard for the Wildcats. His scoring will come from finishing in the paint or from offensive boards. After committing to the University of Nebraska, followed by New Mexico, he found his home with Sean Miller at the University of Arizona. Wildcat fans should be looking forward to defensive mastery with Keanu on the court.

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