Tucson, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Prep power forward Craig Victor has committed verbally to Arizona, which he picked over LSU, Kansas and Oklahoma State.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound New Orleans native is ranked No. 31 nationally, No. 1 in Louisiana and No. 5 at his position in the class of 2014.
“For me, it was about going to a place that could develop me for the NBA,” said Victor about joining the Arizona Wildcats. “I also wanted a chance to win a national championship.”
He also admitted to his affinity for the Arizona Wildcats.
“They’ve been on me since the eighth grade,” Victor said.
As a junior, Victor averaged 14.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for St. Augustine High outside of New Orleans. This fall, he’ll head to national power Findlay Prep in Nevada for his senior season.
It was suggested that Victor opted for Findlay shortly after its alum Anthony Bennett was selected No. 1 in the NBA draft this June.
Victor was a highly sought after national recruit after a strong spring and early summer of AAU and camp ball. He’s one of the few power forwards in the 2014 class with the motor, scoring acumen and perimeter package to play both inside and outside to 18 feet.
Other players strongly considering the Wildcats are No. 1 overall prospect Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young), center Myles Turner (Bedford, Texas/Euless Trinity), small forward Stanley Johnson (Fullerton, Calif./Mater Dei), wing Justise Winslow (Houston/St. John’s) and small forward Kameron Chatman (Long Beach, Calif./Poly).