Sean Miller has officially been on the job at the University of Arizona for just about 23 hours so far.
He might be already picking up on the recruiting trail where Lute Olson left off; that being taking recruits away from ASU.
It was no secret that Miller, while still coaching at Xavier, was heavily recruiting 6′10″ center Kyryl Natyazhko to play for the Musketeers. The fit in Cincinnati filled the same exact need that Arizona State has while recruiting the Florida big man.
Now that Sean Miller is in Tucson, however, Natyazhko might be reconsidering his options. He confirmed to Doug Haller of the Republic today that the nation’s top uncomitted forward “would consider” going with Miller to play for the Wildcats.
The hallmarks of the Olson era in Tucson included his inate ability to get the best basketball players in Arizona and from across America to go to the Dirty South and play their college basketball for one of the nation’s premier programs.
Over the last few years, obviously, the dynamic has shifted just a bit as Herb Sendek has made this Arizona State program one that is attractive for the nation’s best to come and play for. Landing Natyazhko would be another major coup for the Sun Devils, especially with the immediate absence of Jeff Pendergraph. The Devils do already have Ruslan Pateev, a 7-footer, committed, but Kyryl is widely regarded as one of the best prep forwards, if not players, in the nation.
April 15 is the first day on which players can sign. Before this new twist, it was regarded that ASU and Xavier were the two on Kyryl’s short list.