Talk about a trip going well, Parker Jackson-Cartwright was apparently so enamored with what Arizona had to offer during his official visit this past weekend, the junior from Los Angeles (CA) Loyola committed to the Wildcats before leaving town on Sunday afternoon.
Landing a pledge from the 5-foot-9 and 150-pound high-profile point guard could turn out to be quite a coup for Arizona coach Sean Miller. In the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Jackson-Cartwright is the nation's No. 6 player at his position and No. 28 player overall.
“Arizona is where I want to be, it is the right place for me and it was the right time for me to make my final decision,'' Jackson-Cartwright said. “I wanted to commit and end the whole recruiting process, I'm glad it's over, the stress weighs on you more than people know.''
Deciding that the Wildcats were the best fit, at least at this stage of the game, shouldn't come as a major surprise for those keeping tabs on him in the not so distant past. Arizona and UCLA were essentially always considered the front-runners for an important commitment.
Chances are, Bruins coach Ben Howland was not particularly pleased when the news broke about the future plans of Jackson-Cartwright. The head honcho had built a good rapport with the underclassman while making him the program's top priority for the Class of 2014.
“I called coach Howland today, talked with him and thanked him for everything that he's done for me,'' Jackson-Cartwright said. “UCLA was my first offer, as a freshman. It was hard for me to turn that team away. Everything about Arizona felt right, that's all I can say.''
Gonzaga entered the picture a tad bit late, and unfortunately, couldn't make up the necessary ground in the sweepstakes for the floor general. “I have respect for the program and considered them,'' Jackson-Cartwright said about the Bulldogs and their coach Mark Few.
In the end, it appeared as if Arizona appealed to him the most. Especially after his visit went well this past weekend, thus the commitment from Jackson-Cartwright.
Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky