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Wildcats land ESPN top 30 prospect for 2014

The University of Arizona received a verbal commitment from a 2014 ESPN 60 recruit on Sunday.

Loyola High School point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright verballed to the Wildcats after a weekend visit to Tucson.

UA’s No. 1 target at point guard told ESPN’s recruiting nation that UA coach Sean Miller played a huge role in his decision.

“I feel like the Pac-12 is a great fit for me,” he said. “I’ve been recruited by most of the schools and Arizona was the best fit for style of play. And I think Sean Miller is the best coach in the Pac-12. This is a tough league with great players coming in and out every year and it’ll challenge me, but I’m ready for the challenge.”

According to Adams, his point guard found a kindred spirit in Miller, who played the point for Pittsburgh during his college days.

“Coach Miller and Parker built that relationship,” Adams said. “He’s going to play for a point guard, and that was big.”

Jackson-Cartwright is currently averaging 14 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals at Loyola, all after missing 12 games with a stress reaction in his foot at the beginning of the season.

The junior was the sixth top 30 recruit of 2014 to make a committment.