Chris Mullin is looking at Thomas Jefferson four-star point guard Shamorie Ponds as the program's top target in 2016 but Sean Miller and Arizona are looking to crash the party late in the game.
According to Adam Zagoria and SNY.tv, the Wildcats are making a late push for Ponds as they are expected to have very little depth and talent in the backcourt in 2016 after the graduation of T.J. McConnell this past spring.
Ponds, who can make plays anywhere on the court with his knock down shooting ability and strong passing, is not expected to add any schools to his list (Providence, St. John's, Creighton and Minnesota) despite the recent interest.
"He's not adding any schools," Ponds' high school coach Bud Pollard told Adam Zagoria earlier this week.
The Brooklyn native took a visit to Omaha earlier this summer, finished up his tour of St. John's last weekend and barring a quick decision, will visit Providence (Sept. 11-13) and Minnesota (Sept. 18-20).
Ponds was especially impressed with the Johnnies determination to make him their number one player and the combo guard also loves the idea of staying home and playing at the Worlds Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, according to another SNY report.
The 2016 prospect sat down with his family on Monday night but did not pull the trigger on a decision with the Friars and Gophers' visits looming.
Ponds is ranked 42nd in ESPN's top 100 recruiting rankings as he has unlimited shooting range, effective transition skills and a tight handle.
Ponds, former Christ The King talent Rawle Alkins and Bronx native Bashir Ahmed (who will visit the school later this month) are the program's top targets for 2016. Mullin and his staff have already landed shot blocking Our Savior New American big man Kassoum Yakwe, who is attempting to reclassify in order to play this season.