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Four-star forward Craig Victor signs with Arizona Wildcats

On Wednesday, the UA announced that Craig Victor signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Arizona men’s basketball.

Victor is the first member of the 2014 class to sign with the Wildcats, but two more are expected.
Victor is a four-star recruit, according to ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports, and was rated as a five-star player by Scout.

The Findlay Prep player chose Arizona over Baylor, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas, among others.

Victor transferred from St. Augustine in his home state of Louisiana, to Findlay in the Las Vegas area, the alma mater of current Wildcats Nick Johnson and Brandon Ashley.

ESPN ranks Victor as the 29th-best 2014 senior; he is rated as the ninth-best power forward and 47th recruit by 247 Sports; Scout ranks him as the fourth-best power forward; and Rivals has him as the No. 28 power forward.

The Wildcats also have commitments from Parker Jackson-Cartwright, a point guard, and Kadeem Allen, a junior college combo guard.

Jackson-Cartwright is a consensus four-star recruit who picked the UA over ASU, NC State, San Diego State, St. John’s, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Allen goes to Hutchinson College in Kansas and chose the UA over Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas and Kansas State.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Jackson-Cartwright will sign this week and that Mater Dei High School star Stanley Johnson will choose between Arizona, Kentucky and USC this week.

Verbal commitments are non-binding, but once a player signs a National Letter of Intent, they are bound to that school for an academic year, and the school has to provide them with a scholarship for at least two semesters or three quarters.

Wednesday was the first day recruits could sign letters of intent during the “early period” for all sports except cross country, field hockey, football, soccer, track and field and men’s water polo.

The early period lasts until Nov. 20. After that, the “regular period” runs from Apr. 16 to May 21 for Division I basketball.

The women’s basketball team announced a five-player recruiting class that it touts as the program’s best ever, a top-25 class and the third best in the Pac-12.

Headlining the class is Taryn Griffey, ESPN’s 21st-best point guard and a four-star recruit. Griffey is the daughter of famous Major League Baseball player Ken Griffey Jr. and the sister of Trey Griffey, a redshirt freshman receiver on the football team.

—Follow James Kelley @JamesKelley520

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