Parker Jackson-Cartwright to Arizona

Updated: February 25, 2013, 2:15 AM ET
By Dave Telep | RecruitingNation

Junior point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright committed to Arizona over UCLA and Gonzaga on Sunday. He is the No. 30 overall prospect in the ESPN 60 and the No. 7 point guard in the Class of 2014.

Jackson-Cartwright's decision to play for Sean Miller came following his official visit to Tucson this weekend.

"The commitment was a collection of moments -- spending time with coach, creating a tight bond with him and my parents creating that bond," Jackson-Cartwright said. "Then there was the players who had a big impact on this decision."

The 5-foot-9 point guard is averaging 14 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals per game this season for Loyola High of Los Angeles. He missed 12 games earlier this season due to a stress reaction in his foot. Jackson-Cartwright's coach said his junior guard's assist-to-turnover ratio is 8-to-1.

"I think he's the consummate floor general," Loyola coach Jamal Adams said. "Kids are going to want to play with him."

Arizona is still in the hunt for elite senior power forward Aaron Gordon of San Jose, Calif., and has its eyes on a number of key junior targets.

"Hopefully we can reel in Aaron Gordon or Justise Winslow or Justin Jackson, players like that," Jackson-Cartwright said. "I'd like some athletic wings and big men to play alongside of."

Jackson-Cartwright's decision came down to UCLA and Arizona, with a hard charge from Gonzaga as well.

"Gonzaga was pushing at the end," Adams said.

For Jackson-Cartwright, however, playing in the Pac-12 made the most sense.

"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 the sixth player ranked among the nation's top 30 juniors to make a commitment, following No. 5 Karl Towns Jr. (Kentucky), No. 6 Chris McCullough (Syracuse), No. 12 Joel Berry (North Carolina), No. 18 Keita Bates-Diop (Ohio State) and No. 21 Shelton Mitchell (Wake Forest). He took advantage of a new NCAA rule permitting recruits to take official visits starting Jan. 1 of their junior seasons.

Jackson-Cartwright was Arizona's No. 1 target among 2014 point guards.