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    Basketball to host recruit Bejarano

    North High School guard Daniel Bejarano’s complicated recruitment is finally clearing up.

    The state’s top 2010 basketball recruit, from Phoenix, will visit the UA this afternoon through Friday morning for an official visit.

    After Bejarano decommitted from the Texas Longhorns last Thursday to play for a program closer to home following the death of his father, Wildcat head coach Sean Miller made a same-day in-home visit to the young guard.

    The rest of the UA coaching staff visited Bejarano on Monday night, prompting the guard’s club coach and mentor, Ray Arvizu, Jr., to post on his Twitter afterward: “”Rest of U of A coaching staff left my house. I think there is a good fit. Let’s c what the player thinks.””

    The same day, ASU’s coaching staff let the highly-rated player know it would end its recruitment efforts — an interesting move in the struggle to gain the upper-hand over in-state recruiting.

    “”I think (ASU) came in and expected Daniel to be jumping for joy, and being that he took this decision a lot more serious than last time (in choosing Texas), he was more businesslike,”” Arvizu said Tuesday. “”I think it kind of threw the coaching staff off a little bit. They just told us that based off the questions the family was asking and what they were trying to see, that ASU and Daniel were going different directions.””

    Though the UA only began recruiting Bejarano last week, it now stands as the front-runner, Arvizu said. Miller, who had not actively pursued the 6-foot-5, 205 pound guard since he was first named UA head coach, has now renewed his recruitment efforts.

    Miller called Bejarano within 24 hours of being hired as the Arizona head coach in April, a sign of how highly regarded Bejarano is in the national recruiting circuit.

    “”At the time (Bejarano) was comfortable (with Texas) and (Miller) said, ‘Well, good luck and I appreciate you taking my phone call,'”” Arvizu explained. “”(Miller) did not come back around, being that was the (Bejarano) family’s wishes.

    “”(Miller) was a man of his word … he kind of stepped back and said, ‘I’ll let him do what he wants,'”” Arvizu added.

    Now, the ball is in Arizona’s court.

    The athletic swingman will come to Tucson with an open mind, but his priorities lie in the basketball program’s relationships and academic opportunities. Arvizu said that Bejarano wants a college degree whether or not he’s lucky enough to be offered an early jump to the NBA.

    Arvizu added that Bejarano likely will not make more official visits to the UA. If he doesn’t feel comfortable during his trip to Tucson, his recruitment would re-open to out-of-state teams by next Monday.

    “”As of right now, he is keeping all full focus on U of A,”” Arvizu said.

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