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August 17, 2013
After weeks of quietly being his leader, Arizona earned another big commitment in the 2014 class Saturday when five-star recruit Craig Victor announced his decision to play basketball for Sean Miller and the Wildcats next year.
Victor, who will play his final season of high school ball at Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, chose the 'Cats over a set of finalists that included his home state school of LSU as well as Oklahoma State and Louisville.
There had been plenty of buzz in the last couple weeks about LSU making a strong push, but after the July evaluation period the Wildcats had plenty of momentum.
"They keep in touch as much as possible," Victor told GOAZCATS.com back in July. Coach (Joe) Pasternack and coach Miller, but mostly coach Pasternack. He's (Pasternack) a hell of a recruiter, and he always keeps in touch and that shows you that a team really cares about you."
As a prospect Victor is comparable to a player like Arizona's Brandon Ashley in many ways, and that's one person the five-star recruit has compared his game to at times in the past.
One other thing that Victor has mentioned in the past is Arizona's point guard commit, and what he could potentially bring to the table as a teammate.
"It plays a big role," he said. "You want to play with a point guard who's going to get you the ball and someone who is unselfish. Parker (Jackson-Cartwright) is very unselfish."
Jackson-Cartwright has been committed to the Wildcats since early in the year, and Victor is one prospect who the point guard has talked to quite a bit throughout the process.
"I played with Craig at the NBA camp, and now we're talking daily," Jackson-Cartwright told GOAZCATS.com last month. "He's really high on Arizona. He really likes them. I talk to Stan (Stanley Johnson) every day, pretty much. He loves them. Everybody I talk to loves Arizona. It's just a matter of time."
Well, one part of Jackson-Cartwright's prediction has come true with Victor giving his verbal pledge to the Wildcats Saturday.
Victor finished the summer rated as the 21st-best prospect in the class according to Rivals.com after putting together strong performances in the spring and early summer. Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Eric Bossi liked what he saw from the future Wildcat over the spring and summer as well.
"Craig Victor is a solid forward who has really worked hard to make sure he plays to his strengths," Bossi said. "As he's established himself as a post player and focused on playing around the rim and getting to the free throw line his game facing the hoop has grown by leaps and bounds.
"He is an efficient post scorer, has added good strength and doesn't seem to force many things. In terms of playing style, he reminds me quite a bit of Kansas sophomore to be and former McDonald's All-American Perry Ellis."